Your hair’s windblown, you’re jamming to your favorite playlist and you see the green reflective signs clueing you in that your destination is nearing. Yes!
The good vibes you get from a PB&J while on the trail is a distinct type of happiness. You find yourself resting on broken rock, pumping your blood with glucose. You note the poplar trees tinkling like New Year’s Eve confetti, and spot a great blue heron on the lake’s distant edge. You’re far from your desk and there’s an innocent ant crawling across your knee. He wants your jelly drip.
Wandering America’s natural wonders is a pastime everyone can enjoy. Just remember that preparing for your own journey includes a long checklist of must-haves and, we’d argue, a few crucial leave-behinds. Starting with those modern distractions you complain about but can’t seem to part with. Ditch the smartphones, tablets and laptops for a few days. Cut the cord and bliss out. You won’t regret it.