Occasionally, readers who look at my list will comment, “I cannot believe you have never done [insert activity that a number of other people do all the time here].” One of the most common items that elicits this reaction is “Go hiking.” So, there is one lesson to take from this blog post: Give into peer pressure.
In all seriousness though, going hiking with the outing club at my school was a blast. My roommate along with some other friends and I met up around 7 am last Saturday to head out to Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland, which was absolutely beautiful.
On the way there, a friend tried to take a nap, while the rest of us took photos next to her. In the photo below, another friend suggested the caption should be, “Look, I finally made a friend”; even though said friend is passed out, it still counts, right?
The mountain was only a little over 1,000 feet and we wound up starting off at the summit, which was actually a relief since it’s hard to enjoy the views when you’re gasping for air on the way up. Or maybe, that’s just me being lazy! Then again, one of my friends who went on the hike had not only gotten just two hours of sleep due to working until 4 a.m. the night before, but she was also fasting because of Rosh Hashanah. I give her the most credit of all for staying so energetic.
I remember spending hours on the jetty rocks when I was a kid and have always loved climbing, so hiking was right up my ally.
Even Will the Panda got to enjoy the view.
We hiked for about five hours and stopped for a delicious lunch (hummus included) in between.
You can’t beat friends, fall, and nature on a beautiful fall day. After this experience, I would definitely go hiking again and maybe even go on a longer one next time.
So has anyone crossed this item off his or her bucket lists? I’d love to hear about your experiences!