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Hiking: Good for the body and mind

Monday, October 08, 2018

Having just returned from a short 3 day backpacking trip, I asked myself why I like hiking so much. Whether it's day hikes or 3-7 day backpacking trips, I always enjoy myself, even through heat, rain, snow, mud, pain, soreness, blisters, tiredness, and poor trail guide books. I enjoy spending the night out in the middle of nowhere, listening to the owls, coyotes, whippoorwills, and bugs. Yes, sometimes rain, thunder, and howling wind. But I'm at peace there. My body hurts, I don't sleep well, and sometimes every little activity wants to turn into a pain in the butt. But, I'm at peace. Nothing soothes my mind like walking through the woods with the only thought being getting to the next waypoint. Hopefully without losing the trail LOL. I say that I hike for my health, and while I think it's great for the body, the real benefit is to my mind. I forget about all my problems, big and small, and the annoyances that sometimes just seem to build on one another, and it's like getting a fresh start on my sanity. BTW, I lost 2 lbs by carrying a pack 37 miles LOL. So that's why I hike, I have to reboot and recharge my mind. It helps to keep me sane as I put in another 7 and a half years to retirement. And then I'll do it more!
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  • no profile photo CD22994956
    Great pics, friend! Love that you love the great outdoors....isn't it the BEST!?!?
    945 days ago
  • TIGERSEYEHEART
    Absolutely gorgeous wow! I adore hiking also, although at this point I'm down to a crawl so it's really just a walk through the woods. It's the best soul food available to be in amongst the creations of God and Mother Nature. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures. Have a great day!
    948 days ago
  • KAYDE53
    Just beautiful scenery photos! Lucky you!
    949 days ago
  • RETIREESMITH
    You are so right about the benefits of hiking---whether the walking, changing routines, being in nature, rebooting/recharging. Whatever the why/how is, great being out in nature.
    949 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14456645
    emoticon what beautiful pics!!! nature soothes the soul - thank you for sharing the spark today!
    949 days ago
  • CATHYDAY09
    nice pictures, that's why I love hiking...the peace and beauty.
    949 days ago
  • DGRIFFITH51
    Wow, what a nice way to spend your time. I belonged to a hiking club when I lived in CA, now I am a farmer's wife enjoying life in the country, never get must chance to head for the mountains as I am caring for the critters and tending the garden which is also a nice way to spend my time.

    But, like you, I love the tranquility of being in nature! Thanks for sharing!! emoticon
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    949 days ago
  • HEDSTS58
    I too love to hike. There's nothing better than getting back to nature to clear the mind. Have to ever been to Hocking Hills in Ohio? Beautiful scenery. Easy hikes and more challenging ones
    949 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    I enjoy hiking too but not such long distances. We used to do some longer hikes but my arthritis doesn't cooperate any more. Indian Kitchen at Lusk Creek Canyon is a nice place to hike too.
    949 days ago
  • BIKE4HEALTH
    Excellent plan and exercise....I LOVE hiking
    949 days ago
  • JUSTFURKIDS
    Stunningly Beautiful Photos! Breathe it all in and Stay Strong! :-)
    949 days ago
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