I walk the Appalachian Trail from the Dalesville-Troutville I-81 Interchange to the Thunder Hill Shelter. First, I walk from the Motel 6 to the trail.
I pass an antique store.
I read Chapter 19 of the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell.
“Throw away holiness and wisdom,
and people will be a hundred times happier.”
I reach the trail and ascend up a hill. A storm is coming.
“Throw away morality and justice,
and people will do the right thing.”
A turtle is unconcerned, but cautious.
“Throw away industry and profit,
and there won’t be any thieves.”
I spend the night on a ridge.
“If these three aren’t enough,
just stay at the center of the circle
and let all things take their course.”
Hiking on a ridge.
Hiking through a rock formation called the “Guillotine.”
Trillium past Thunder Hill Shelter