My Hiking Gratitude List

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things we have to be grateful for during the previous year: friends and family who help keep us strong during times of stress; food on the table to nourish and sustain us as we go about our daily lives; good health that enables us to reach for our goals and strive for happiness.

So I thought I would take a few moments to consider the things I am thankful for in my hiking world. Enjoying one’s passions is a path to well being… physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Think for a moment about the simple things that hiking enables for you:

  • I am grateful to make it through another year without injury so as not to be pushed to the sideline for recovery.
  • I am grateful to live in a place where four national forests, ten state parks, and the most popular national park are all within a two hour radius of my home.
  • I am grateful for the companions who join me on my weekly adventures, making them all the more exciting.
  • I am grateful for the opportunity to experience the beauty of all four seasons in the mountains and forests.
  • I am grateful for the wildlife who share their homes with me and provide wonder and joy whenever they appear.
  • I am grateful for all the rangers and volunteers who maintain our trails and other infrastructure enabling our explorations and safety.
  • I am grateful for the online acquaintances with like-minded spirit who share their adventures with me and make new recommendations.
  • Most of all, I am grateful for Nature and everything she provides.

What about you? What has happened in your world of hiking this past year? Add to the hiking gratitude list in the comments section below.


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