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Authors on the Appalachian Trail
Tuesday, March 03, 2009  4:05:00 PM

by Niki Collins-Queen

Neither of us felt fear trudging up Standing Indian, despite the warning a roaming bear might want our packs. We were too engrossed in our short but single-focused journey to be sidetracked by emotions...except those intensely brought forth by the Trail.

By Anne Jones

Niki Queen is a nature writer. Her book, Earth, The Forgotten Temple is testimony to an appreciation and love of the earth that is deep, resonant and long-standing. Such was her already formed "friendship" with the Trail. I, on the other hand, am a thriller (Blackwater Risiing) and non-fiction writer who has limited experience with hiking. Perhaps, this explains why Niki found excitement in the vistas and I, while also enthused, held us back with my relentless examination of detail.

While hiking and camping on Standing Indian Mountain, we were both fascinated by shifting patterns of light, the colors of fallen leaves, the sights, sounds and smells of the night. But, it was I who slowed our hikes, picking up rocks to feel their texture and shape or pausing midstep to examine a flower.

Neither of us felt fear trudging up Standing Indian, despite the warning a roaming bear might want our packs. We were too engrossed in our short but single-focused journey to be sidetracked by emotions...except those intensely brought forth by the Trail.

Only a short time passed before I became aware neither Niki nor I were the real focus of the hike, nor were the vistas or details. It was all of these and much more. The hike had become... a tangible participation in relationship.

I now know, that is what the Trail is about and why it draws us. On the Trail we experience a one-on-one relationship with the physical world and our creator, and, with self-examination, gain more insight into ourselves. On the Trail, our physical self cannot stand apart from that of our soul. In its silence, it is as if we are naked. We hear our inner voice and our inner selves are revealed. The vistas expand our view of the world. The Trail expands our view of ourselves. The silence, the feel of my foot on the path, the smell of fall in the air... the sensuality of all surrounding me, seduces me into relationship, a commitment that will last the rest of my life.

In the future, when I revisit the Trail, I will expand my walks, learn more about our earth and look deeper into my soul.

 More News about Niki Collins-Queen
2014 Christmas Newsletter - 11/18/2014 4:17:00 PM

A Tribute to my Mother - 12/20/2013 8:11:00 AM

A Tribute to my Father - 12/20/2013 8:08:00 AM

2013 Christmas Letter - 11/26/2013 5:52:00 PM

2012 Christmas Letter - 11/28/2012 7:18:00 AM

Bud Queen's Biography - 3/13/2012 3:56:00 PM

Niki Queen's Biography - 3/13/2012 3:49:00 PM

2011 Christmas Letter - 12/5/2011 1:45:00 PM

Utah's Zion National Park - 10/27/2011 4:33:00 AM

Georgia Wilderness Society's Ocmulgee River canoe/float/camp - 6/11/2011 10:06:00 AM

Visiting the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta - 12/11/2010 2:43:00 PM

2010 Christmas Letter - 11/16/2010 4:26:00 PM

An Ocmulgee River White-water Canoe Trip - 6/20/2010 11:41:00 AM

2009 Christmas Letter - 12/7/2009 3:57:00 PM

2008 Christmas Letter - 12/5/2008 5:56:00 PM

2007 Christmas Letter. - 12/8/2007 10:25:00 AM

Solo backpacking reloads mental, emotional circuits - 4/16/2005 12:28:00 PM

Niki Collins enjoys solitary treks - 4/10/2005 2:22:00 PM

Counselor seeks task force to fight sex abuse of children - 1/17/2005 8:11:00 PM

Nature photography provides peace and joy - 12/4/2004 5:53:00 PM

Discovering the sacred in nature - 11/12/2004 7:16:00 AM

Woman’s spirituality in nature leads to book about experiences  - 11/11/2004 12:15:00 PM

Spirit on the Hiking Trail - 8/25/2004 4:26:00 PM

Author finds God and spirituality in nature - 8/25/2004 4:17:00 PM

Swami, how I love Ya! Yoga’s benefits  - 8/19/2004 7:52:00 PM

Woman's Spirit-Quest Is Told with Humor, Understanding and Appreciation of Nature - 8/19/2004 2:09:00 PM

Author Niki Collins-Queen to sign books - 8/19/2004 1:59:00 PM

The Simple Life - 8/7/2004 7:52:00 PM

Natural Soul - 8/7/2004 7:24:00 PM

Catching a Wave - 8/7/2004 7:08:00 PM

Journey of a thousand miles...  - 8/7/2004 6:45:00 PM

Georgia Wilderness Society, GWS, Flint River Canoe/Float/Camp Trip  - 7/20/2004 7:46:00 PM

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Earth, the Forgotten Temple, A Spirit Quest

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