Take a Hike!

Everywhere is walking distance, if you have the time. ~ Steven Wright.

I used to think hiking was something crazy people did because they had nothing better to do with their time. Yes, I know some of you still have that opinion. After having completed 4 hikes within the past two months, I must admit that my views on hiking have changed.

Hiking in the great outdoors teaches lessons more effectively than any classroom setting.

1. Compassion.

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There are always persons who go on a hike, for whom this is the first time they might be doing anything more strenuous than walking to their car or from their car to their refrigerator. While it might be satisfying to wonder why they bothered to leave their house, and complain that they are holding back the group, the important thing to note is that they did get up and leave the comfort of their home. Remember that everyone has to take their first step at some point if they would like to make a change.

2. Perseverance and Endurance.

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When you are stuck in the middle of nowhere while on a hike, it is difficult to quit at that point. You have little choice but to keep going until you finish (but as the lady on my most recent hike who summoned the ambulance because she just didn’t want to go any further proved, it still is possible to quit).

3. Appreciation for the wonders of nature.

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4. Selflessness.

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On one of my hikes, the terrain was very treacherous. People were falling like dominoes. I managed to bring down a young man who extended a hand to assist me down a steep slope, yet I saw him continue to do so throughout the rest of the hike.

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5. Achievement.

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There is no greater sense of achievement than completing a particularly difficult hike. It is comparable to the pain of childbirth when many a mother has declared “never again” after delivering that first child, to then proceed to have one or more children thereafter.

 

If you do decide to take that hike, here are a few words of advise.

Be sure to pack:

– medication (e.g. pain tablets, antihistamines, cortisone cream),

– water and hydration fluid,

– a waterproof jacket or cape in case it rains,

– nuts, dried fruit, sweets or glucose,

– insect repellent,

– a change of shirt and maybe socks.

An experienced hiking guide is a must.

Wear comfortable walking shoes, long sleeved shirts (especially if walking through foliage) and do not be afraid of getting dirty.

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Bring an open mind without pre-conceived notions of what you will experience.

 Let your adventure begin!!!

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5 thoughts on “Take a Hike!

  1. Very true! As daunting as a hike sounds, that sense of accomplishment once you get to the top of the mountain (literally or figuratively) makes it all worth it.

    Hopefully you’ll be enticed to join me for a hike in Virginia 🙂

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