When I really think about it, it's fascinating how synchronistic our lives are. The impetus behind major life changes can sometimes be traced back to the meaningful coincidence when the inception of an idea first occurred. Sometimes, these ideas grow in unique and inexplicable ways, even taking years before they actually manifest into something real.
I was a freshman in college the first time I had ever heard about thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT). At the time, I found the notion of a six-month hike intriguing, but improbable. A couple of years later, a friend of mine from Georgia also talked about the AT. We even did a day-hike up Blood Mountain which was part of this legendary footpath. The wheels were starting to spin, and upon graduating, the once improbable, became possible. The following year, I set out to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.
|Appalachian Trail in Central Virginia|
A little over five months later, I neared the end of my AT thru-hike. Throughout the journey, I met an eclectic group of people from all walks of life. Their unconventional outlooks inspired me to consider a road less traveled. I decided to pursue another dream of living abroad and learning a foreign language. Just days before I finished the hike, I found myself at a hiker-hostel reading an article in Backpacker Magazine. The article was about the biodiversity in Costa Rica and some of the eco-friendly hiking trails the country had to offer. I remember thinking to myself, “Costa Rica would be a cool place to live.” I worked a couple of seasonal jobs to save money, and one year later, I booked a plane ticket and traveled to Costa Rica on a whim. It was a true leap of faith.
|Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica|
|Daegu, South Korea|
|Etosha National Park, Namibia|
|Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, Dominican Republic|
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