Hiking makes me feel more:
Strong yet know I am but a speck in this great big world.
Knowing I can find my inner strength and complete an extremely difficult hike, like Mt Whitney, reaffirms that I am strong and can get through the hard times if I just focus and take action.
fills me with awe and curiosity,
allows me to escape the noise and stress of every day life,
Helps me free my mind and feeds my soul.
I can usually sort out my problems and come up with solutions to dilemmas, or realize how small a ‘problem ‘ is in the big scheme of things.
I have met great friends and had many deep conversations I would not have had in the usual social setting.
My hiking buddies have become like trail family for me.
They call/text/contact me with concern when they don’t see me or hear from me.
I find much joy in leading others on hikes, sharing my passion for the outdoors as well as my limited knowledge about plants, animals and the sport of hiking/backpacking.
– Laura Skorich
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