Whenever I arrive at camp or a shelter on the Appalachian Trail, I drop my backpack and take a long, relaxing breath. Then I step away. Often I will go to the waterside, if there’s a lake or stream, and sit for a while. If it’s sunset, I will delay dinner until I take in the leaving of the day. I don’t mull over what I will cook to eat, or how my day on the trail went. I simply take time and sit quietly, and reflect on the deeper reason I hike the trail. There are no words for it; it goes beyond the achievement, beyond the adventure. Perhaps image and music sum it up best for me. In that spirit, I invite you to step away — just for a moment — and get a glimpse of what it feels like for me experience the Appalachian Trail.