I have always liked the idea of hiking, but haven’t always liked the actual hiking.
The idea of traipsing through nature was appealing, but my legs… they’d get so tired, and it wouldn’t take long for me to just wish to be done with the hike. It always felt like, in order to hike properly, one must move briskly towards the end point. To me, taking breaks felt like a shameful thing that revealed my weakness.
I have a new hiking philosophy now.
And it is this:
For me, hiking is not about how far along the trail I make it.
It’s not about moving quickly.
It’s about stopping to sit in the places that are beautiful. It’s about sitting there for as long as I want to, without feeling guilty about not making any headway on the trail.
Come to think of it, for me, hiking is mostly about sitting.
(Now I’m just making fun of myself.)
(But it’s true.)
The following photos were taken at Rattlesnake Point on Saturday, October 20, by myself and my fellow sitter/hiker, Ricky.