As the year comes to an end, I’ve been reflecting on all the wonderful things that have come from hiking. The biggest is overcoming my fear of heights. I cannot imagine doing this 5 years ago.
I never think of hiking as exercise, but you cannot deny the health benefits of challenging yourself on steep climbs, long distances, and being outdoors in all kinds of weather.
The biggest surprise for me, was finding so many women who love to hike, who just needed an organizer.
I’ve made many wonderful friends through hiking and through blogging about it.
My year started out rather slowly; first the vertigo, then back issues, hip issues, knee issues, my goodness, I thought I would never get back on the trail. But thanks to PT, water aerobics, and a shot in the hip – I was able to complete 180.3 miles of hiking this year.
My goal will be set higher for 2018 – all I want for the New Year is my body to stay stable.
Happy New Year! May 2018 bring you joy and happiness, and good health!