The Sunday Morning Chillax: Short Videos with Big Stoke

The Sunday Morning Chillax: Finding Joy and Wisdom on The Appalachian Trail

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My oldest daughter, Chloe, is 5 years old and bonkers about My Little Pony. And I'm not. One night last fall I fed my newborn baby daughter a bottle around the time Chloe was supposed to be headed to bed. But this night the little girls were alone with me, my wife out for a couple of hours, so things were—how do you say it?—a little behind schedule. So Chloe asked me to turn on an episode of My Little Pony for her. Yeah, right, I thought. Instead, I fired up Netflix on the Apple TV and found National Geographic's Appalachian Trail. I know, I sound like such a damned stick in the mud, but just wait.

Whether it's a testament to the quality of National Geographic television features, or the impressive beauty and legacy of the Appalachian Trail, my girls and I watched all 50 minutes of the feature and when it was all done, Chloe goes, "Can we watch it again?" The Appalachian Trail, had romanced her. I'm not lying when I tell you that sometimes she'll ask me if we can "watch the one about the long trail." She's smitten. Maybe one day she and I will take it on.

Thousands of other people are also smitten, and for thousands of reasons. Last year the Appalachian Trail Conservancy hosted a video contest entitled, "Why Do I Love The Appalachian Trail?" And the video you see here is the winning entry by Hector Reyes Miller who traveled from Puerto Rico to hike the trail. He made a superb short that supports his statement, "Every time I hike the Appalachian Trail, I learn valuable lessons about being a better human being." It's no schmaltzy effort, either. I think you'll enjoy it. Check it out.

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The Sunday Morning Chillax is here while you're enjoying a cup of coffee in the quiet morning as your kids, hopefully, sleep in. No need to read, this is always a video; something to give you happy thoughts about mountains, fresh air, stoke, fun, or being outside. Enjoy. Relax. And, um, not guaranteed to be weekly — hey, you get what you pay for, but it's a dang good bargain.

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