I wish I'd known that going solo would be so amazing.  Yes, my pack is heavier because I have no-one to share the weight.  And there are times when I've backed off a mountain because I had no support if I got in trouble.  But the solitude, the time for contemplation, the self-reliance, and the tiny joy of meeting someone after days alone is beautiful.  My voice has occasionally surprised me when I speak again.  But then, I sometimes talk to myself, too.😃

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