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I Love Hiking

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    I've been trying to decide

    which I like more. Hiking with friends or hiking alone. I think I lean more towards alone simply because it's a good time to enjoy the peacefulness that comes with being in nature and because you can go at your own pace...
    SolitarySummer SolitarySummer 26-30, F 4 Responses Apr 30, 2014

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    Climbing mountains! Literally.

    .. 😉 Feeling sporty and full of energy these days, and fit more than I've ever been, I decided to join a local group of mountaineers, or as it is known here, alpinists, which is basically mountain climbing. Well... it was my first climb ever, so a little far from climbing...
    neeia neeia 41-45, F 9 Responses Dec 6, 2015

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    A few months ago my twenty-one year old son

    and his friends invited me to go hiking. "Oh, hell yes!" I responded with excitment. Nature is one of my many loves. I rubbed my hands together gleefully. How cool these youngsters want an oldie but goodie like me along. "Now, mom," my son advised, "this is no ordinary hike...
    VennieKocsis VennieKocsis 46-50, F 1 Response Sep 15, 2015

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    My Favorite Things About Hiking.....

    The early start... The coffee stop... Trailhead high spirits... Feeling the burn... Wayfinding... The improving views... The outlet stream... Mountain flowers covered in droplets... The turquoise clear water of an alpine lake... The trail to the next level... Granite slabs...
    dayhiker12321 dayhiker12321 46-50, F 6 Responses Jan 10, 2012

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    lillyhatesu lillyhatesu 16-17, F Nov 18, 2015

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    Hiking makes me about

    as happy as anything can
    itcrows itcrows 56-60, M 1 Response Jan 9

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    Most of my friend prefer aerobics

    and gym but my favourite is go hiking with my hubby. He is fast walker so for me it is very good exercise and great to get out in the wild. Usualy we get to make love out on mountains with nice view of the world.
    lamihot lamihot 36-40, F 7 Responses Oct 16, 2014

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    Cloud filled skies, north wind in the air.

    I take a deep breath and smell winter.
    nomi24 nomi24 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 22, 2015

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    Hiking the grandfather trail tomorrow with a

    few friends! One of favorite trails. Has anyone else been on the Grandfather trail in NC?
    pep75 pep75 36-40, M 1 Response May 29, 2015

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    My best friend Caroline

    and I love hiking away on our holidays. There are some interesting places to visit quite near to where we will be staying in Canet Plage.
    Lecuyer90 Lecuyer90 22-25, F Aug 16, 2014

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    Everytime I go on a good hike it makes me

    realize everything the world has to offer. It's not just about surviving it's about living the life you were given. To find the true person you are inside, to understand the world around you! Why are all the beautiful things in the world here if not for people to experience them...
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 11, 2015

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    I just finished hiking the North Coast Trail on

    northern Vancouver Island and it was amazing. I do have to say that I still prefer hiking in the mountains to coastal hiking. It was awesome watching the waves at night while a beautiful sunset was taking place.
    thunderstormwatcher thunderstormwatcher 36-40, M Jul 15, 2015

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    I took Delilah on a 90-minute hike in the woods

    today. The trails were so pretty...winding next to the river, sporadically covered in yellow, crunchy leaves. Delilah was great on her leash, even though the squirrels teased her and she was curious about the geese nearby. We didn't see any deer; they probably saw us first. I...
    PinkJeanie1970 PinkJeanie1970 41-45, F 5 Responses Oct 16, 2015

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    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 12, 2015

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    I hiked the Precipice Trailhead in Acadia

    National Park in Maine in the fall. We found out afterwards that it was for experienced hikers (we're total amateurs who just love being outside), but we did it! We managed to break pretty much every rule doing it too haha
    sunnydays95 sunnydays95 18-21, F Feb 19, 2015

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    I am looking to take a couple of my friends

    hiking that are inexperienced. Both seem to be in really good shape. Looking for ideas in North Carolina or Tennessee area. Does anyone have any suggestions.
    pep75 pep75 36-40, M 1 Response Jun 8, 2015

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    I love to take hikes about 16-20 miles a day.

    It's just nice to be free for 10 hours with nobody to bother you.
    dyingforlove dyingforlove 18-21, M May 31, 2014

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    Like a true drifter, in my 20's I walked from

    San Diego to Bangor Maine, down to Virginia beach and back to Seattle Washington.
    btorn btorn 36-40, M 2 Responses Apr 22, 2015

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    Went on a power hike.

    GAME FACE ON!
    MyaA13 MyaA13 13-15, F Feb 22, 2014

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    Randomly decided to go hiking with two friends

    yesterday at Runyon canyon park in LA.. And I was dying in the beginning, but felt so good afterwards. Loved it. I hope to explore more other hiking places soon this summer 😃
    EndlessDreams22 EndlessDreams22 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 23, 2014

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    Went hiking with my family.

    ..... -.- The not-so-awesome parts - Parents be singing loud as heck - Butterflies & Ticks were everywhere ( xD I screamed a lot) :D The awesome parts - Saw a blue jay up close - Lil bro knocked out on my back (I was carrying him) - Got my lazy a$$ up today
    Dawb183 Dawb183 13-15, F May 2, 2015

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    I love hiking - especially in the woods

    and mountains of Bavaria and Austria!
    Loretta78 Loretta78 36-40, F 3 Responses Aug 29, 2015

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    I love hiking: anywhere,

    anytime, in any weather (as long as I am prepared for extremes of course). It grounds me and gives me time to think.
    roadcyclist roadcyclist 46-50, M Sep 13, 2015

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    I wish my brother could contain his little ball

    of energy and stop talking so I can finally find a tiger before it finds us
    Rhea03811 Rhea03811 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 24, 2015

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    Going to go hiking this weekend with my

    boyfriend and his friends. Hopefully the weather will be nice!
    BeautifulSoul09 BeautifulSoul09 18-21, F May 16, 2015

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    Some Pics

    Because of the high winds and heavy snows I didn't take a whole bunch of pictures. I did take a few though and here they are.(we got about 22" on Mt. Washington while I was there), The Gear: Model of the Presidential Range found at Pinkham Notch Visitors Center Done Packing and...
    TheHiker TheHiker 41-45, M 12 Responses Feb 10, 2013

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    It's really great especially

    when you live near mountains. I've been going in the mornings with my little rucksack packed with useful things. I find a nice spot and bring out my journal to write, think, and write some more.
    outofthebleu outofthebleu 36-40, F 1 Response May 26, 2014

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    cal503 cal503 36-40, M 1 Response Jun 21, 2015

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    I got lost in the mountain lol Nature is

    beautiful.. Anyway i'm still alive and came back luckily. I had a really good day:)
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Feb 4

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    My favorite thing is to go hiking in the

    mountains with my dog, letting her follow her nose and being alone. Also great time to gather my thoughts.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 30, 2015

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    We decided to go for a hike today.

    Just making memories for the kids. So, nice to finally be outside. Even had a chance to take some nice photos of the kids too.
    WastedShadedDaylight WastedShadedDaylight 31-35, F Apr 18, 2014

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    looking for someone who's interested in hiking

    the Bicentennial National Trail downunder
    Abnoba Abnoba 46-50, F 2 Responses Jan 12

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    MyaA13 MyaA13 13-15, F Jul 20, 2015

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    I'm so glad I'm getting to go hiking today.

    .. Whenever the stress is getting to be a bit too much, being outside and away from most people and technology helps a ton.
    Allyyoop Allyyoop 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 30, 2014

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    midnight strolls in the woods can be heaven

    sometimes when ya got a buncha stuff on ya mind. listening to the animals and all the wild life at night. doesn't get anymore beautiful
    jackdragon22399 jackdragon22399 16-17, M May 3, 2015

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    AzMan1990 AzMan1990 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 20, 2015

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    took a quick slog through the snow today.

    short but satisfying. Wolf Den state park CT blue dot trail.
    AceWarbringer AceWarbringer 31-35, M 1 Response Feb 8, 2015

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    I'd love to hike the AT someday,

    I think it would be a great experience.
    guynamedcb guynamedcb 26-30, M 2 Responses Nov 30, 2015

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    I really enjoined what I did today.

    Best early present for me, it was amazing.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Mar 29, 2015

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    Starting the AP mountains today driving to

    Georgia and end in Maine.... Wish me luck :P
    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 10, 2014

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    Weather forecast next week sounds great.

    So it's time to get back into hiking!! Super excited to get outdoors more again
    emyleejane emyleejane 26-30, T 1 Response May 8, 2015

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    Does anyone else on here live near me!

    I live in Wa state near the Puget Sound. The weather has been beautiful all week long! 70's and '80's. Went on some good hikes and enjoyed nature.
    LordoftheNorth LordoftheNorth 36-40, M 2 Responses May 2, 2014

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    I went hiking with Caesar today!

    !!! He decided to chase the animals and get all wet and muddy🍃🍂🍃🍂
    XxBellabixtch49xX XxBellabixtch49xX 13-15, F May 4, 2014

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    Great Exercise

    I am fortunate that we have a lot of hiking trails very close to home. It's great getting out in the sun with the mountains and everything else. Life seems so much clearer during my hikes. Great exercise for the body, mind and soul.
    ts92 ts92 22-25, F Jun 2, 2012

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