Often after having spent months on the trail I am asked how it feels to return to the busy life in the real world.
I was always able to re-enter the mainstream of life fairly easy. With the exception of traffic. Way too many cars, go way too fast.
I find that when I first return from the trail I shy away from places like the mall, can't take the crowds.
Slowly things seem to adjust and I feel like I fit in again.
Then there are days like today. We had errands to do at the Super-Walmart. It was jam packed, kids screaming, kids without adults running around, announcements over the PA, the ring ring ring of the cash registers... I left my husband standing in line as I sat on a bench closed my eyes and let myself gently glide up the mountain to the summit. I could feel the breeze on my face, see the beautiful vista before me. The only sound was the wind and the occasional hawk as it flew over. Ahhhh, what a little piece of heaven. Then my husband touched my shoulder and I was back at Walmart with all the chaos.
He said I looked pretty funny sitting there on the bench with my eyes closed and a smile on my face. He said people were starring at me. I said I didn't care cuz I was at a place more beautiful then they could even imagine.
It is nice to have those memories to recall when the real world come crashing in.