....I think a nice long vacation is well deserved and important for one's sanity...have been away for almost 4 months on the Pacific Crest Trail on a backpacking trip with my wife.
It's located on the west coast of the US started on the Mexican border and stretches for over 2600 mi. to the Canadian border with absolutely no civilization except for various wilderness Areas on the trail.... no as usual moldern place to eat, sleep or pee. Just wilderness and the spiritual experience.
I carried over 45 lbs of various essential items all day long on my back.
I stepped through desert & jungle, through mud holes, through sand dunes, through tree roots, up mountain sides, cliffs, over boulders and shelves.
I saw eagles, red foxes, rabbits and assorted snakes
. and so on. I worried about bears and cougars
never saw either.
I saw few people (maybe 50). I camped under the night sky every day. It was sunny everyday with foggy mornings.
I ate dehydrated food and drank treated water. I also drank red wine. I slept in a sleeping bag on a light weight air mattress.
I pitched a tent every night. I cooked with a butane stove.
It is supposedly one of the most difficult hikes in the world. I feel like a hero that I managed to do it.
I won a large number of bets with my friends, ((largely on the golf courses)), against me finishing or, at the very least, having my first heart attack!!! LoL
Never did this kind of thing before. My wife talked me into it. Actually, she booked me on the trail.
Lost 15 lbs, this is quite a lot. Forgot about my job...and the stock market.
The hike was absolutely the most rigorous thing I have done in my life...but I seriously recommend it.
Almost everyone on the trail is under 30 and all the women have shiny perfectly aligned teeth...LoL
that alone made me at least feel younger since there were virtually no "over 40's" on the trail.
Anyhow, that's what I did on my vacation