By: Emily Ginger
Prior to this I only had a small taste of what it's like to be removed from civilization when I did a five day canoe trip with my family in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. That experience opened my eyes and stirred my interest in being an outdoors woman. After 270 miles of hiking and living on the Appalachian Trail I feel accustomed to the lifestyle. I really enjoy the simplicity of things out here, I've totally downsized my life! It's easier to have so few options for clothing to put on when I wake up in the morning, a lot of times I just wear whatever I slept in. I go for days without looking in a mirror, or brushing my hair, and I haven't worn deodorant since we started. I enjoy having the low maintenance life. Being stripped of everyday amenities is grounding and really puts into perspective what really matters in life. All I really need to be happy is some clean water, food, and warmth. It's beautiful to be happy just from pumping a liter of water from a stream and then drinking it. I don't know what I will do with myself when I have to go back to the "real world."