When you walk for miles and miles in solitude, you have a lot of time to think. You have a lot of time to turn thoughts over in your head, which can multiply their effect.
A little irritation can become a big annoyance if you let it, and that’s what I did.
Eventually, I realized I needed to take responsibility for my bad attitude. It wasn’t Stick’s fault. By his own admission, he repeats himself without realizing he’s doing so. And he couldn’t be purposefully reminding me how much slower I hike than he does because it’s not his nature to gloat in that way.
After we finished packing we stopped at a nearby stream to refill water bottles, and that’s where I apologized to Stick.
He seemed to brush off being offended. I wasn’t sure if he was being gracious or genuinely didn’t notice my irritation yesterday, but I was glad to know we were still on good terms.