by Lisa Davis
There is something empowering about being on top of a mountain. Knowing you climbed your way to the top takes it to a whole different level. All the cliché references exist for a reason, making your way to the top of any mountain takes time, effort, and skill. The mountain can be figurative or literal, the result can still be breathtaking.
Strap on your boots because we aren’t just walking; we’re hiking. The daring combination of rugged terrain and unsure footing makes all the difference. It adds that natural grit and athletic prowl of a hiker. Some hike for pleasure, some for adventure, and some for the adrenaline. Whatever the reason, it is a great way to get stranded. Disclaimer: don’t go off the beaten trail so far it takes a helicopter and trained dogs to find you!
Hiking brings nature and achievement together. Whether it is a well beaten and documented trail or the unadulterated blazing of the wild blue yonder, the journey is well worth the effort. The end of the trail or top of the mountain offer acceptance, respect, and solitude. Even if it is inner solitude, it can clear your mind and reset your soul. Breathtaking landscapes and marveling heights are often the backdrop of a successful climb. As varied as the destination, hikes offer a multitude of fitness levels, therapeutic benefits, and stranded qualifications.
Don’t go this one alone. Even if it is peace and solitude you seek, take a buddy. Hiking can be dangerous and having a friend is not only smart, but could be vital to your success. The key here is taking the right friend for the right hike. That’s right, if you need time to think your chatty bestie might need to sit this one out. No harm, no foul. Think of it this way, a chatty bud will be better off at home than you pushing him/her off the side of a mountain. That would definitely be a foul.
While a lot can be said for spontaneity, it can also be fun and smart to plan the adventure in advance. This gives you time to have everything you need for safety and practical purposes, but it also gives you something to look forward to. A Saturday or weekend getaway may be just what you need. The excitement of making plans and anticipating some time outdoors can make your week go by faster and even give you some pep in your step. You may even be able to let your co-worker’s snarky remarks go by the way because you are going hiking!
So check out the trails in your area and get the lay of the land! Find out what adventures await you as you strap on those hiking boots and grab your backpack. Another disclaimer: bugs, snakes, poison ivy, and random animals are all part of the experience. Embrace the adventure! Get stranded, stay stranded, and scratch later.