I'm spinning this off from the non-outdoorsy spouse thread in the general section. I'm newly married. My husband has always known about my need to do the trail, and it excited for me now that we've decidd that I should do it next year. However, we've only been together for a year, married a couple of months, and I'll spend both our birthdays and our first wedding anniversary on the trail next year.
What can I do to make the seperation easier for him? I'd especially like male perspectives on this. We're a very close couple, spending every free minute together usually, so the time apart will be hard on both of us - but I'll be kept busy hiking. How can we hold on to our close connection while I'm so far away for so long? What would you like your spouse to do for you if they left you to go hiking for six months? What would you do for your spouse? And before the "take him with you" idea comes up, I'll tell you it's just not a possibility.