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  Posted: Jun 22, 2012 4:15 AM FEED
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I’m currently been focused on living in the present. The easiest way to explain living in the present is to start by explaining what it means to not be present, since this is the state we have become habitually used to. From scrolling on your phone or computer constantly to worrying about what what you said or did in the past.
When you aren’t being present you become a victim of your own time. Your mind is pulled into the past or the future, or both.
Time is an illusion, which makes being controlled by time somewhat delusional. The past doesn’t exist and neither does the future.
The only true reference point we have to this moment in time, and to this thing we label “existence”, is a feeling of presence, of being here in this body, of seeing the world through these eyes.
Waking up before the sunrise to catch the early morning light as we drove through Tioga Pass into @yosemitenps was definitely worth it.
I remember my first photo class I took in High School, my teacher told the class that the subject of a photograph or any art form is always the lighting. “It can make or brake a photo” he explained.
I remember him telling us that so vividly.
As I sat in the valley watching the sun set. With each minute the scene kept getting better. I watched what he had explained to us happen before my eyes. That the lighting really does make a photograph.
For my entire life I’ve been seeking these distant mountains, as a little kid I would daydream about them. Then when I started traveling to them and quickly realized that you’re never going to get there by daydreaming or by flipping through pages in a magazine. You have to go and seek out your distant mountains. It’s not enough to just dip our toes into what inspires us; we have to immerse ourselves.
Finally going through some photos I’ve shot the last month of travel.
On this morning in @yosemitenps we found a stretch of secluded river bank along the Merced River. As @the_modern_hippie_diaries , @ibheddy and I stared at the massive wall of El Cap, searching to find any climbers that stood out on the face.
As we sat there admiring the view, I realized quickly that true happiness is only present when shared with others.
Timing is everything. There is a right time for everything in your life, for the Long Trail unfortunately this was the wrong timing for me. After completing 65 miles from the Canadian border my attempt at a thru hike is now over.
After having a lot of time in my own head on this trail, I quickly realized I came out to hike for the wrong reasons. I wanted so badly to relive a thru hike because honestly I thought I’d never have the opportunity to do so again. When in reality, I was just too impatient.
I pushed the process of thru hiking by creating a short deadline for myself, soon to realize you have no control on what happens on trail. The only thing you have control of is how you react to these situations.
So I had to swallow my pride and throw the towel in.
Needless to say, those 65 miles I hiked with @scotty.hayden and @nathanabauman were some of my all time favorite times on trail. I’ll miss the #lifeonthelongtrail but the trail isn’t going anywhere, so I’ll be back one day to complete it.
As we hike down the Long Trail the smell of Autumn surrounds us. The brisk mornings, sounds of crunching leaves below our feet and the leaves slowly begin to fully turn.
We camped out in a ski warming hut last night on the summit of Madonna Peak. Near by was a ski lift, shut down for the season so @nathanabauman decided to scurry up a support tower to get a better view of the foliage.

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Let’s do it! Couldn’t have asked for a better day to start another adventure. So stoked to have made it to the Northern Terminus of the Long Trail at 8:30am this morning. I have a small pocket of internet service so I figured I’d post about today.
The first day has been incredible but also difficult at the same time. Being off trail for more than a year has definitely shown, I’m strong but I have a learning curve once again, re learning how to hike, properly pack my pack and even what type of food to pack. I know my body will kick into gear and muscle memory will creep back in. But damn, for a first day I won’t lie. I got my ass kicked. I also wouldn’t want it any other way. As I’ve said before, it’s just another hill.
We’re coming for you Massachusetts! #lifeonthelongtrail

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On the road again...After my short time back home from California, this morning I boarded my first bus headed East. Back to the dirtbag life, eating cheap ramen and carrying everything I own on my back. I’m joining up with some good friends of mine @nathanabauman & @scotty.hayden to hike the Long Trail thru Vermont from Canada to Massachusetts, 275 miles thru my favorite state. •

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This is Chris. He's section hiking from Springer Mountain to the Greyson Highlands. I met him at the Laughing Heart Hostel in Hot Springs. After talking and hanging out with him for a few hours he told me this one night while we were at a bar having a few beers: "I don't believe in self made men. Everyone needs some form of help in life. I don't care who you are. As soon as you realize it's okay to ask for help from other, your life will become so much easier."
I couldn't agree with him more.
Shot on the Nikon F3 with @fujifilm_profilm developed by @thedarkroomlab
There is nothing like when the rain stops and the sunshine comes through the mountain mist. You just have to stop and take on the beauty. Shot on the Nikon F3 with @fujifilm_profilm developed and scanned by @thedarkroomlab
Traveling with this woman is my favorite thing to do. Sharing experiences, creating memories and adventuring together means so much to me. I can't wait to explore the west coast with you next week and many more travels in the future.
Shot on the Nikon F3 with @fujifilm_profilm Developed by @thedarkroomlab
I've spent many summers in these Southern Indiana woods, I practically grew up here. At one point my family and friends were down here every weekend camping and boating. This place has seen many laughs, taught me life lessons and has witnessed countless memories.
All photos were shot on the Nikon F3 with @fujifilm_profilm developed by @thedarkroomlab