hike |hīk|
1 a long walk, especially in the country or wilderness.

I hike.

It’s one of my favorite things to do; hiking has brought me to places I’d never visit otherwise and has given me unforgettable experiences. I’ve seen, heard, felt, smelled, and yes, even tasted things that I would have missed had I not been hiking. I’ve met some amazing people while hiking, and learned much about plants, animals, birds, rocks, clouds, wind, rain, snow—all because of hiking. I’ve taken hour-long hikes for a bit of exercise, or just to clear my head. I’ve also hiked for a couple weeks or months on end just to be one with nature and celebrate life; I call this “wilderness therapy.” I’ve discovered ancient artifacts and even a previously undocumented natural bridge. But the best discovery of all? Myself.