I recently got back from Alaska where I spent 9 days hiking a few of the national parks including Denali.
I hadn’t hiked much this summer as I wanted to spend time traveling to be with family. Thus, I felt every step up the mountain a little more acutely. Before moving to Virginia, I”m not sure it ever occurred to me to see hiking as anything more than an exercise in torture.
You see I’m a runner. I run from point A to point B with no detours, no stops for lunch, no pictures, and definitely no bear spray.
Hiking, camping, and being in nature reminds me of the simplicity in life. The trees, so old and stoic, scarcely show much in the face of the winter breeze. The birds, performing their best songs as if they’re only singing for you.
Once my feet hit home turf, I’m reminded of how much I miss the little things like my bed, a hot shower, and a thin crust pizza (I’m from Buffalo you know!).
When the world is topsy-turvy and nothing makes sense, and when the ground is moving underneath me, connecting with nature always helps!
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