2012 AT Thru-Hike

Big City to Big Trees

March 26, 2012

Today was my last full day in New York so I decided to walk around and see as much of Manhattan as possible. I figured this would be productive for multiple reasons:

1) Walking the entire day would get me used to my daily routine on the trail.
2) I would be able take some good photos from various parts of the city.
3) This last voyage around Manhattan would remind me of all the places I’d been and will stay with me for the duration of the trail.

I made it thru the Upper West Side then journeyed into the innermost part of Central Park which was filled with wildlife, along with blossoming trees and flowers. I then made my way to the lower East corner of CentralPark which connects with 59th and 5th Ave. many of you will know this location because of the 24/7 Apple Store. From there I ventured down 5th Ave. then made my way towards Times Square, this part of town is saturated with shops. There is literally every major brand of clothing available within a10 block radius. As I pass Cartier, Gucci, Armani, Omega and Saks Fifth Ave. I quickly realize the drastic change that is soon before me, one I am leaving commercialism to live off of the land and second I’ll pass more people on the streets of New York in one afternoon than I’ll probably see in duration of my 2100+ mile journey.

I ended the day hanging out with one of my buddies for a bit then enjoyed a final meal at a local restaurant, Picante, with my brother and his wife. I’m excited, I get to see my parents and sisters tomorrow, but I’m still eager to begin the trail. Every day I read new posts from hikers and it just makes me more ambitious.

Here are a few of my photos from today:




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