I Miss Hiking

“A walk in nature walks the soul back home.”-Mary Davis

“Walking is a man’s best medicine.”-Hippocrates

I miss hiking. Something that I have been doing pretty consistently my entire adult life has taken a back seat to Covid-19 and recovering from my heart attack. What do I miss most? Here is my top ten list:

  1. Being outside.
  2. Being outside with my fellow hikers.
  3. The feel of the earth under my feet as I am walking through the woods.
  4. The breeze rustling the trees and cooling me off.
  5. Taking pictures of the myriad of things that I see on my hikes.
  6. Being able to think without being bothered by anyone.
  7. The isolation. Being ableĀ not to think about anything,
  8. Exploring new hikes.
  9. Hiking familiar trails and seeing new things.
  10. Posting my hikes on my blog.
  11. (Bonus) Disconnecting from everything electronic (except my camera).

So, for now, I ride my studio cycle to help with the recovery as well as get in shape for the eventual time that I can get back out into the woods.


2 thoughts on “I Miss Hiking

  1. Barb Knowles

    I’m sort of the opposite. Now that I have to walk everyday, it’s not like the occasional hike that I used to enjoy. I’m still walking mostly on roadways. Where I live is like a ghost town with this virus, so it’s silent. When I used to hike, it was always a social event. Now I’m alone. I can get away from the family and oddly enough, get away from myself. What I try to do is take specific notice of nature. When I might just walk by a flowering bush, i now pay attention to the blooms, the beauty of the petals…..to notice beauty during this COVID nightmare. As I get stronger, I hope I keep up with the isolation part. Great post.

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    1. The Zen Hiker Post author

      I think once you keep it up and get stronger, you will feel much better mentally and physically. I have many days where I don’t want to ride but the words of all of the doctors telling me that if I want to live a significant more amount of years, I have to do it. I can tell you that when I am done I always feel better and am always glad that I rode instead of not doing it. I am finding that 90% of this battle is mental and motivational. (look for a post on that later today) I have a strong desire to live and don’t want to die!!!!

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