when i was a little kid, i used to hate hiking. we would go on family camping trips & a little ways into the hike my little legs would get tired. one time i even sat down in the bushes on the side of the trail and poked my lip out to pout, telling my parents i wasn't going to keep hiking. obviously, not my best moment. so for whatever reason, my 7 year old self loved camping but hated hiking.
that actually reminds me of a really funny/ironic anecdote about hiking. when i was a kid, i lived 2 hours south of where i live now. however, where i live now is in the foothills of the mountains, so we used to come up here to camp for the weekend. so, the trail where 7-year-old Robyn sat down, pouted, and refused to continue hiking is very close to where 26-year-old Robyn lives now.
fast forward 16 years.... 24-year-old Robyn is dating a boy named Thomas. he picks her up one day for a date that he has all planned out. he takes her to this same trail, they hike up to the top and enjoy a picnic lunch. then, he pulls out a ring & asks her to be his wife right there on the mountain top.
later that night, at the surprise engagement party that Thomas planned... Robyn's dad tells the story of the 7-year-old girl pouting and refusing to finish the hike. then, he pauses for affect... and states "i'm glad SOMEONE was finally able to get her up that mountain!" :)
that was a long, round about way of saying that i actually do enjoy hiking now. like, a lot. Thomas & i have already hit up a few trails this spring and can't wait to conquer some tough ones that i've never done! it's so much fun to get out of dodge, spend time in nature, get exercise, and just soak in the sunshine!
what about you? are you a fan of hiking or not so much?