Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A virtual escape

For years I have written in and read other journal entries at http://www.trailjournals.com/ . It is one of my all-time favorite sites.

I recently had fantasy escape meet reality as a hiker posted an entry where he walked the Fox River Trail by my house.

Here is the guestbook entry I left at Slow Walker's page:

"I am an avid trailjournals reader and former thru-hiker (AT 00)(PCT 04) who lives in Elgin. The Fox River Trail goes through my yard. I can't tell you how thrilled I was to chance across your entry. It's a weird mixing of worlds because I religiously check out trailjournals to escape the so-called real world. When I read your Dec. 9 entry the real world and trail worlds collided. Anyhoo... stay warm and happy hiking! "

His profile picture kind of looks like Ernest Hemingway. Fitting, because he lives in Oak Park, IL.
Here is a picture he took of the "castle," literally a stone's throw from my front door!

Here is a link to his journal entry from the day he hiked by my place:

http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=259028
This hiker's experience reinvigorates me and reminds me that beauty and discovery are right outside my door.

2 comments:

filosofo said...

So what is the story behind the "castle"?

Greg Locascio said...

Check out this link for more about Pratt's Castle.

http://www.dupontcastle.com/castles/pratts.htm