Baths

Tonight I discovered the wonders of Bandcamp and the work of Will Wiesenfeld. Maybe you’ve heard of his work as Baths. His albums “Circulean” and “Obsidian” are incredible. You can click the links to listen to them on Spotify. The song “No Eyes” from the album Obsidian has been on repeat on my speakers for the last month.

What I didn’t know was that he’s produce music under other names like “Geodic” and “[Post-Foetus]”. While Baths has a more upbeat, pop-y atmosphere, his work as Geodic is more environmental. The album “Morning Shore (Eon Isle)” is relaxing and worth putting on during a lazy Sunday. It’s easy to listen to and I’m excited to find more music created by Will Wiesenfeld. Read more about him here.

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“AWOL on the Appalachian Trail” by David Miller

Flipping through the last pages of a well-liked book is like coming to the end of a great friendship. Both people and books take you places and make you experience the world in a different way. When I reached the end of “AWOL on the Appalachian Trail”, I felt as though I had hiked the trail with him and I was sorrowful that it had to end.

AWOL’s journey resonated with the wanderer inside and, if only for a moment, made me escape the humdrum of my daily life. In 2003, David Miller gave up his day job to spend five months grueling up the eastern United States. The Appalachian Trail (AT) is over 2,000 miles long and goes into 14 states.

When David got on the path, he took the trail name “AWOL” to represent the abandonment of his stable job. Perhaps also to show the escapism involved with hiking a 6-month long trail. He went AWOL from his life and set course for Maine.

This book is heavily descriptive and lingers on the what it’s like to live in the woods. It doesn’t romanticize hiking in heavy rain or sleeping in uncomfortable shelters but it creates an enticing environment where AWOL ventures into the wilderness. He encounters bears, snakes, handfuls of foot injuries, and a myriad of hikers. Nonetheless it is an interest read.

I highly recommend this for anyone who is caught up in the 9-5. Similar to Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, AWOL explains aspects of modern life that we seem to forget. He writes about the openness of hikers, and the community that he quickly finds himself immersed in.

After spending two weeks reading this book I’ve decided that I want to hike the AT. It may be a while before I do but it’s a journey I want to take in my lifetime. Again, I highly encourage you to read this book.

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