Heading West again soon

There is an intense but simple thrill in setting off in the morning on a mountain trail, knowing that everything you need is on your back. It is a confidence in having left the inessentials behind and of entering a world of natural beauty that has not been violated, where money has no value, and possessions are a dead weight. The person with the fewest possessions is the freest. Thoreau was right.

Heading out to Colorado in just under two weeks. There's something about returning to a place,  a sense of homecoming and a clarity to the experience. Driving the same roads and feeling inherently like you belong, we begin to make these places our own, they engender within us a sense of home. I believe in the open road because it is there that the soul is unbound, hands out the window, senses sharp and eyes wide open. Colorado has been a place of pain, growth, regret and awe for me. I am only now seeing it for what it truly is: wild. 

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