There are many reasons why I like hiking. And many reasons why I
never rarely go hiking.
Let’s look at what I love about it. When I go hiking I feel the stress seep out of my body and be carried away by the wind. Except when I get stuck in the mud and my husband has to come back and extricate my foot.
I’m proud to say that I’ve hiked the Appalachian Trail. It winds through Pawling, NY and I’ve walked at least one mile of it. Maybe a little less. This plant is the yellowbiscus pawlingopolis. More commonly known as the pretty plant with yellow blossoms.
I love looking at the different birds and plants, like my favorite ferns at the edge of the marsh. And wondering if a similar habitat is going to be on the NY State Living Environment Regents. No, no, remember stress is leaving my body.
Hearing the sound of the water, especially if there are no other humans around, is a gift.
So what are the drawbacks to hiking?
I used to live part way up a mountain similar to the one that you can see in this photo. In the summer, we couldn’t see another home. Truly an idyllic spot and it broke my heart to move, especially to a more crowded place. So what part didn’t I like about living here? The time I was driving home from work and there was a truck blocking my driveway. I got out of the car to see what was going on. What was going on was that there was a black bear walking down the driveway towards us. Very cool, but not so much in my yard. And it wouldn’t have been so cool if I was hiking where this picture was taken just to find out that a bear was also hiking.
Another thing that I loved about the mountain was that the lack of humans meant the population of coyotes flourished. It was eerie, yet beautiful, to hear them howling in the night. We had a dog that was part husky who would join in the cacophonous howling come nightfall. But does one definitely, positively know that coyotes don’t lurk in the daylight?
One negative about hiking for me is that a few years ago I fell and completely severed my rotator cuff. Because I was not 17, it took 7 weeks to be able to function and was the most painful thing I’ve ever endured. I never want to trip and fall and experience this again. This horrible accident occurred while I was hiking in my living room. But still.
Deer tick born diseases? I’ve had them. Lyme Disease? Check. Babesiosis? Check.
And we haven’t even talked about humans yet. Not many lived near me. But I’m not alone in fearing walking in the woods alone. I recommend having a peaceful afternoon enjoying hiking with another person.
While avoiding deer ticks, coyotes and psychopaths.