Today is John Muir Day. Last summer I backpacked the John Muir Trail, and it inspired my 2017 Year of Adventure. CHRIS LEBLANC PHOTO

Backpacking the John Muir Trail last summer changed my life.

It nearly broke me, and I nearly quit more than once, but in the end, it gave me confidence and an insatiable craving for more adventure. (Read my story about the trip here.)

It even inspired my 2017 Year of Adventure, which continues this week with a story Sunday about my latest episode jumping off the 10-meter dive platform at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center at the University of Texas.

Pam LeBlanc hikes Mount Whitney on the last day of her 15-day trip on the John Muir Trail last summer. CHRIS LEBLANC PHOTO

The picture above was taken on the last day of our 15-day trip on the John Muir Trail. I remember the moment perfectly. I was looking down on Guitar Lake, glinting far below, from a pile of cracked boulders halfway up Mount Whitney, thinking how capable this trip made me feel, and how it taught me that even when something felt impossible, that if I kept moving Id eventually get to where I was going.

So in honor of John Muir Day today, a Muir quote: In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.

If you love our national parks, thank Muir. Go outside. Hug a tree. Admire the plants.

And promise yourself youll take care of it for the next generation.

LeBlanc pitched a tent near Helen Lake on the John Muir Trail. PAM LEBLANC