At our age, we have eased up on our off-trail excursions. Where we go is almost impenetrable in places. We have never seen another person in these areas, not even hunters. We stick more to actual trails now, although mostly remote ones.
Powerful yet fragile beauty
Long ago I forsook cathedrals of brick and stone for the cathedrals of trees instead. The wilderness is as close to religion as I've ever felt.