Hiking is my version of meditating. About 1/2 a mile to a mile into a trail my brain goes to this place where it relaxes and can process everything going on in my life in a calm manner. Some hikes I find I’m not even thinking about anything else but the hike. Those are the best. It is extremely rare for my brain to be quiet so when I am able to get to that point I wish the trail could go on forever.
Between being outside in nature and the physical exertion of moving along the trail there is something magical about hiking that puts everything into perspective. I become more grateful for what I have and am able to do and stop worrying about things that are out of my control. If I go more than a week without hiking, I can tell a difference because I am more prone to get worked up about something little.
I also believe that when you hike with someone/multiple someones it strengthens the bond you have with that person/people. It gives you time to talk about things that you don’t necessarily have the time or energy to talk about in the course of a normal day.
I’m passionate about hiking not only because it is fun but also because of the mental and physical improvements I see in myself due to hiking.