Everything you need is on your back, with the exception of that one little item you forgot but can easily do without. The sun is shining, the pace is strong and your legs are freshly warmed up from the switchbacks up to the meandering meadow.
The trail takes you by trickling springs of the clearest water imaginable, through thick evergreen forests to open meadows filled with beautiful wildflowers. The same meadows which on the way back you'll find yourself sprinting through to avoid lightning. For now, clear views of mountain tops surround you in all directions.
Occasionally you pause from your trail chatting to breathe in the timeless beauty of the mountains that will be here long after your trail has ended. Taking it all in and leaving only footprints for future generations.