Monday, July 14, 2014
Hiking the Colorado Trail, inspired by Walt Whitman
Afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose.
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune—I myself am good fortune;
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Strong and content, I travel the open road.
- Walt Whitman, from “Song of the Open Road,” Earth, My Likeness
These words by Walt Whitman are an inspiration to me as I get ready for my upcoming hike. No, I won't be on the open road, but I'll soon be on the open trail, the long brown path, free among majestic mountains.