Why Hike?

Why hike?

Because it’s so easy to live intellectually day-to-day — to get caught up in what comes next, to always be thinking of the future and what “could be”, instead of what is.

Because when you hike, it’s sunny, or it’s raining, or it’s hot, or it’s cold, or there are mosquitoes, or it’s spectacularly beautiful and just perfect. No matter what, you simply have to be with it, adapt yourself to conditions, to recognize how small you are and how big the world is. There’s something humbling and breathtaking about that.

Because we only have so many days on this planet, and being outside, feeling the sun on my skin, I know I am here, vividly and completely.

Because out there I’m alive. I’m often alive inside, as well, and I love those times — but outside I am always alive.

Is there any better way to be?