July 5, 2012
From my (pre-Lyme epidemic) childhood days of walking through the woods, wading in vernal ponds and brooks, and coming home covered with pitch from climbing pines, I've always loved being out in nature. I've hiked in a dozen national parks and monuments: Zion, Sequoia, the Devil's Tower (CE3K!), Gettysburg; to a hot spring on the Colorado River below Hoover Dam; all over Germany with Volksmarches (sort of an organized, recorded hike--not near as martial as it sounds!), etc. Now that my kids have grown and moved off, it's been hard to find people to hike with until I found a couple of Meetup groups.
I usually like to do a 10K or so, but I've hiked out to lakes and spent the night. I don't really "bushwhack" by choice.
Fitness, exercise, getting outdoors, being with like-minded people.
I have no idea. I've been on a lot that wore me out. Several hikes at Red Rock (Nevada), near Salt Lake, and Zion and Bryce Canyon (Utah) were very hot and dry. Hiking up Zion's Virgin River bed was pretty cold. I survived, so who can say which was the worst? ; )
Maybe in the future.
It seems like I'm following a "7 Degrees of Separation" path. One hiking group leads to another, which leads to another.... I met several of you at Gunstock and want to thank Dianne, Paul and all (too many to name) for your welcoming ways.