Life lessons from hiking
As inspired by a solo-hiking trip in East Tennessee on Saturday.
When you come to a fork in the road, and one sign points to “scenic overlook” and the other points to “short cut,” take the short cut. There’s a chance that the scenic overlook will be spectacular – but then again, it may just result in losing the path altogether and wandering around the woods completely discombobulated.
Being alone may sound like a great idea, but when the going gets tough, you will be thankful to run across other people – even if they are burly, camo-clad men named Frank and Jackie.
Double-check. When the trail is called a “loop,” it might actually be a straight path in for miles, with a small loop at the end – like a balloon. Or, in my case, a noose.
A white tank top is either wet or dry – there is no in between. If it looks like it might rain, err on the side of caution.
There will be spiders. There will be cuss words. And sometimes you will face-plant.