why i hike

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I hike for solitude and the chance to see some rare bird, tree, or flower.
I hike for the release of stress and to feel the muscles in my butt getting stronger … and they do.
I hike to scrape away the layers of civilization and the crusty walls built of disappointments.
I hike for the campfire coffee and bragging rights.
I hike to take photographs and write down my impressions. I do this for myself and for others to enjoy.
I hike because I can, because in so many parts of the world, the idea of a woman undertaking such a thing is utterly foreign.

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