What is a True Hiker?

I have become a big fan of hiking in the last several years. There are probably two main reasons. Number one is a desire to get more regular exercise. Number two is the proximity of over 100 waterfalls here in the Hamilton Ontario area.

What does it mean to be a true hiker?

A true hiker is healthy. At least healthier than they would be without their activity. Walking is considered one of the best ways to keep your body active. It gets you out into fresh air, since most hiking occurs in more natural areas, and the exposure to sunshine gives the vitamin D that many of us are deficient in.

A true hiker is inspired. If you hike regularly you can’t help but be inspired by what you see in the nature that surrounds you. You start to notice things like beautifully constructed spiders webs, and the intricate design of flowers.

A true hiker is kind. Not only are we inspired by nature, but the more a person is in nature and surrounded by it, the gentler our spirit becomes. We become a kinder person.

A true hiker is engaged. Hikers become more environmentally aware and engaged. They start to care more about our natural surroundings and want to do something to help keep them that way.

A true hiker is respectful. We go into nature and when we are done our hike, we leave only footprints and take only memories.

Become a true hiker today. Your body, soul, and spirit will be the better for it.

p.s. Do you have any additional words that describer a true hiker?

And that is what Grandpa Richard Speaks today.

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