But I was in the mood for hiking with some outdoor buddies. My friends were out of town or busy, and it was raining, so it would have been easier to just stay home or go to the gym. But it's good to get out of your comfort zone sometimes. So with trepidation I drove to a local park to join a Meetup group on a short hike.
Meetup groups (link, just change to your city) exist all over the country (you can even start one!) In my area, there are meetup groups for gamers, singles, hikers (the one I joined) crafts, and fitness (I joined this one too). There are over 200 people in my hiking group, which shows that others are looking for outdoors buddies too.
About 10 people showed up. Some were in their 20s, others in their 50s. There were two dogs, one a bulldog named Ron, equipped with a reflective vest. It rained and tried to snow. We walked on a muddy trail to an overlook, looked out over the valley and talked about our lives. A couple people were retired military. A young guy was taking a break from college to help his grandparents. One of the dogs was retired from search and rescue. I probably would have never met these people any other way, yet I plan to see them again on other adventures down the road.
I'll never give up exploring the outdoors on my own because of the freedom and spontaneity of it. But like any successful wolf, it's good to have some packs to join if you feel like it.
|View of a frozen lake from the overlook|