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Leave It Better Than You Find It ~ Enjoy, Do Not Destroy

July 31, 2018

Two weeks on an erratic work schedule gave me a few 16-hour days and absolute mental exhaustion. It concluded with an overnight shift at the tail end of a streak of rainy days. As I drove home that morning at 7:30 AM, I found myself fighting the urge to pass right by my house and head into the mountains. However, hiking would be rough on -8 hours of sleep, or in a suit, or on a completely empty stomach, so on and so forth. 

I shuffled into my apartment and set my alarms to 10:00 AM before falling into bed. My hope was to wake up by that time, feeling great, and get a nice, long hike in. When my eyes opened it was shortly after noon. The edges of my blackout curtains were illuminated by rays of the high sunlight as I hopped to my feet. How I slept through...

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