What I Learned from Hiking, Part 4

During the time I did all of this hiking, I learned a tiny bit about how the natural world operates on a number of principles. I found that the more I hiked, the more patterns became apparent in nature. For instance, most trees will go to great lengths to reach a reliable source of water.…

What I Learned From Hiking, Part 3

Jeffrey Pines Smell Like Vanilla Cake   Whenever one enters into a conversation with a person that goes beyond the usual customs and rituals that guide brief interactions, a connection will inevitably form. With a small investment of time and reciprocal disclosure, a stranger now has a claim on our regard, no matter how small, creating the beginnings of…

What I Learned From Hiking, Part 2

Planter Fasciitis Is a Gift  Yeah, believe it or not, a mild wear-and-tear injury has actually turned out to be a blessing. Taken a little deeper, this statement reveals the power of perspective to change attitudes on what happens in life. All it takes sometimes is a subtle shift in perspective to view something that…

What I Learned From Hiking, Part 1

Let Your Body Go and Your Mind Will Follow  When I started hiking this year, I looked at things in terms of mountains I wanted to climb, numbers of miles I wanted to hit by each month, and trails I had never heard of in places I didn’t know existed. I was looking for adventure…