Occupying a tiny space along the Appalachian Trail with my backpacking partner that day, Checklist, we took several moments to enjoy the view which included ~ way, way off ~ NYC. Because this particular portion of the trail wanders through Harriman State Park and Bear Mountain State Park in NY. and Checklist lives in NYC, she had hiked portions of this part of the trail previously. If she had not pointed out the skyline of NYC I’m not sure I would have “seen” it as I scanned the horizon. I’m not sure if you will be able to see it on this post but there are tiny little vertical projections, skyscrapers, along the farthest mountain range. One reason I enjoy taking in a view when hiking, particularly a spectacular one such as this is that it reminds me how insignificant I am in comparison to ‘the big picture’, therefore, how small my worries are and how much I should appreciate life and what I do with it. The mountains and sky will remain forever, I am here but a short while. In nature with the beautiful world spread out before me, these are the things I am reminded of on these occasions.