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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.

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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.

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The biggest surprise for me, was finding so many women who love to hike, who just needed an organizer.

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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!