Day 85: A Trip to DCPublish date: Jul 17, 2019
I left DC on April 10 with a pack that felt heavy as hell, a pit in my stomach I would later call fear, and a heart full of nostalgia. Today, I returned to it much filthier, with my muddy pack slung over one shoulder. Coming out of the Woodley Park metro, my first thought was how beautiful DC looks in the summer. My second thought was that I wished I could pee behind a tree.
After a couple of showers, I got lunch with old coworkers. Walking around crowded downtown DC in athletic clothes, crocs, and a fanny pack felt simultaneously completely out of place, and exactly what I’m used to. Later I walked up the steps of the Lincoln memorial with unprecedented ease.
I ended up staying in DC for 4 nights. Here are some of the things I found surprising about re-entering society:
- It was easy to re-enter society
- I’m trashier now. Less shame, and less concern for my own presentation
- In the city, mosquitos still bite and rain still gets you wet
- I thought DC had as much beauty as some parts of the trail
- I was antsy to get back to hiking and the trail community after a couple of days