Back when I first thought about fundraising for next year's hike, I was actually hiking. I spent days designing calendars in my mind as my eyes looked out for rocks and roots. I would even jot down pictures and think to myself how will I ever include all the amazing things.
And then I realized that part of this is about leaving a trace. A bit like the notes left by others in the shelter logs. Shelters along the Appalachian Trail have logs where people leave notes. Sometimes it is merely their trail name, sometimes it is a shout out to someone behind them ( like Molly Pack saying 'hi' to me in this image), sometimes it is notes about the state of the Trail conditions or thanks to the maintainers or occasionally it is a long philosophical treatise about whatever they have spent the last 8 hours of hiking thinking about. When you are alone in the shelter it is lovely to read the other voices.
Finally trying to get it together to get the calendar out the door, I realized that I didn't have to capture all of the Trail in 12 months. I could give everyone a trace of the beauty and leave a few markers for you to find your own way.