One of the blogs that I follow, The Cramped, focuses on “[the unique pleasures of analog writing] and a recent post featured a photo of a page from the journals of a man who hiked over half of the Pacific Crest Trail. The journal entries are incredible, and there are about 850 pages. Take a look at a few of the pages, they’re absolutely gorgeous. I imagine someone could distill the 850 pages into a remarkable data visualization, but something beautiful would be lost in translation.
Seeing the journal inspires me to be better about using a notebook. I want to use it as a record of what I did or observed. I felt a momentary pang of regret that I didn’t keep a written journal when my wife and I were in India for the hatha yoga teacher training program. Instead, I used the Day One app on my iPhone. It’s not quite the same, but that’s really okay.
Next year, I’ll try my hand at record a trek to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar in the Himalayas. My wife and I have been planning on doing it for a few years. Now’s the time. It’s a pilgrimage of sorts, so it could be interesting to keep a written journal. It’ll help me remember what we do, where we go, and how I experience things.