For what it's worth, I see more and more backpackers, especially in the last 5 years. Granted our population continues to soar, but it looks to me like people are tired of trying to reserve a campground and have gotten back to packing in.
I am now too old and beat up to do any more backpacking. However, I find that if I wish to be alone all I have to do is pick up a shovel!
I still go down in the tack room from time to time just to check the old gear out and dream about the good times on the trail. The memories are still good even if the memory is getting bad.
That's good to hear. I used to have a neighbor that every time I was getting ready for a trip (especially a big game hunt) he would come over and we would exchange stories. He no longer hunted or fished due to his heart and knees but we would talk of our past trips and our stories would some times go long into the night.
He had definately "been there and done that" and still had the desire in him.
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