“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
~Henry David Thoreau
I am Julie (the “J” in the “JK”).
A Tramp In The Park is a personal blog inspired by my partner, “K”, who walks alongside me. I blog because it allows me to write from anywhere. I love to document and share my experiences with others. And I love to backpack. I strongly believe that few things in life are more gratifying than enduring the struggle, pain, and glory that is backpacking.
When tramping, life is simple and focused. Filter water, light fire, cook food, crest this hill, round that bend, secure shelter, put on dry socks, sleep. We sustain life using a few critical possessions. Every minute is raw and uncomfortable and invigorating. On the trail, I remember everything–able to recount every second of each day years later–because every moment is unique and fascinating. At home, I remember very little of my days–they are forgotten and blur together–because each day is ordinary and mundane.
I tramp to remember life for its beauty, simplicity, and unadulterated awesomeness.