After a lovely summer of wildflowers, snow and great trails, the day of departure is here. I write this as I sit at SFO waiting on the plane that will take me to my great adventure, hiking the Traumpfad. My friends have already departed about 30 minutes ago so we will meet up in Munich tomorrow morning. Much is going through my head as I sit here…have I trained enough, is this trek too ambious, is my backpack too heavy, have I forgotten anything….but I go through all of this with each trip and know it is just the excitement of what is to come. I will instead focus on the fun people I will meet, the fabulous countryside and mountains that will be explored and the wonderful experience of the culture of other countries.