There is a proper way to lead a group hike which involves pre-hiking your hike and knowing exactly which way you are going to go. Lots of hiking groups follow that rule and it is a good rule. Unfortunately I’m one of those people who can’t even follow a recipe without changing it. I am also a person who does not like to walk so hiking has to be like sightseeing for me and I am always looking for a change of scenery. New places are exciting and there is something of the explorer in me that wants to find out what is new right around the corner.
I work in Greenville, South Carolina, a city that is always bent on self-improvement. This means that every time I go out for a walk there is something new popping up: a fountain, a mural, a sculpture, or a building! It is a small city that continues to amaze, not with a desire to be bigger, but a desire to be better! And it has a very photogenic downtown to be sure. How many cities have a beautiful waterfall in the heart of downtown?
When I first started hiking, it was baby steps and I always kept to what was well-known. But now I am seeking out the more obscure hikes and the less traveled hikes. Sometimes we do hike in places that I consider like Grand Central Station. Take the Great Smoky Mountains National Park hikes we did last weekend: Alum Cave to Mt. LaConte or Charlies Bunion. These are both heavily traveled hikes. I loved the views and the trail but I longed for a little more solitude and a little more exploratory! Next time.
So I’m not sure if this is an apology and or self therapy. Perhaps a little of both. But sometimes you just have to be who you are and learn to be content. It’s like the quote I heard in a meeting yesterday: You are enough.