Location: Great Barrington, Mass.
Miles to go: 670
Romans 12:3 For by grace given me I say to every one of you, Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but think of yourself with sober judgement in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
The AT is often referred to as “the great equalizer”. It does not matter what race or creed, social or financial status, or past accomplishment, all AT hikers have to go step by step to complete the 2,192 mile journey.
My wife, Marty, recently asked me during our nightly phone conversation, how the AT has changed me. I did not have an answer for her at the time, but the question did put me in pondering mode.
I know that I have always been quick to judge people by appearance alone, and being judgemental is rooted in pride and arrogance. As I have made these quick judgements on the AT, I have been proven wrong time after time. The hikers that I previously judged, have been extremely good at skills needed for the AT, and simply just “good people”.
So, now back to my wife’s question on how I have changed, I hope and pray that I am becoming less judgemental and prideful.
Lord Jesus, forgive me for my pride and arrogance. Help me by to love ALL others.
Climbing ladder built into stone boulder.
New Jersey/New York line
Nice to have non-hiker restaurant food.
Yes, there are bears on the trail in New York. Big bears on the trail in New York.
With my hiking buddy “Doc”.