" There is nothing like ending a long hike with a bunch of tacos "

Why I hike – Hint: sometimes it’s for tacos

For some people, hiking is nothing more than a long walk in the woods, through the desert over or across the plains. I’m one of these people.

Even before I could walk I was hiking, I may have been strapped to my mother’s back, but I was hiking. I spent my childhood stomping around the Pembina Trail, Fertile Sand Hills and miles of trails snaking the North Shore with my family.  I can honestly say hiking is in our blood.

Most weekends, my mom would drive my brother, the dogs and I out to the middle of nowhere and we’d go exploring. For the longest time, I thought that’s how every kid spent on their weekends.

It was only later that I learned this sadly was not the case. I guess in that respect, I was lucky to have parents like my mother who adored exploring these far off places.

Hiking has and remains an act of discovery.  Hikes were a chance to get outside, learn about the world around me and snap some pictures. I can’t count the number of hiking trails my dad and I have ventured down with our cameras in hand.

Unfortunately for some people, hiking does not offer the same reward. Niecie falls into this category. While she enjoys a nice walk at the wildlife refuge, downtown or just around the block, a hike is work, and rarely worth the reward. Maybe I’ll convince her otherwise one day.

Exercise vs. exploration

Hiking Kings bluff trail

These days, hiking is a still chance to immerse myself in nature’s hidden treasures, but it’s also a chance to push myself a little further, to see what lies around the next turn, over the next rise and beyond the horizon.

This year marks the first time I’ve thought about hiking as an act of exercise. My goal is to hike 15 miles in less than six hours by the end of summer. Whether or not I reach this goal, I’ll have become richer for every step I take on the trail to discovery.

But if I do reach my goal, I’m celebrating with tacos!

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  • penncosect24

    I love this! And it’s true. Hiking is in your blood. Your grandparents were also great hikers! Hiking as enjoyment will serve you well throughout your life. Keep us posted on your progress. The only question I have is, “Will they be tofu tacos?” If so, I’m buying!

    May 18, 2017 - 8:04 pm Reply
    • tobiasmann

      Protein crumbles, plus taco seasoning sounds like a perfect way to make some post-hike tofu tacos! Now we have to make it happen. I hope to hike with you again soon.

      May 19, 2017 - 10:37 am Reply
  • usathroughoureyes

    We love the outdoors and the fitness of it all. Keep meeting those goals.

    May 20, 2017 - 8:24 am Reply
  • The Year I Touched My Toes

    I’m not a hiker but I trekked in Nepal twice where you don’t have to camp, carry tents, cook your own food etc, which puts me off hiking. And a porter can carry your pack. You see I’m a bit of a Niecie too. And my husband a bit like you in the sense of trying to take me out of my comfort zone. And it’s working. Thanks for finding me so I could find you….

    July 12, 2017 - 11:07 pm Reply
    • tobiasmann

      I mostly day hike. I don’t have the time or the stamina at this point (I’m working on that!) Niecie will appreciate hearing that others who live adventurous lives don’t all have to be hikers. I’m glad we could make this connection. I’m really looking forward to your next blog post, and I hope you’ll continue to follow ours!

      July 13, 2017 - 8:59 am Reply
  • HikingWoman

    Wandering is underrated. My son and I enjoy going out to Shenandoah National Park in the winter and going off trail. We have done one, full, off trail hike and had a blast. I hope that hiking sticks with him as it has with you. I get him out there whenever possible.

    September 28, 2017 - 9:46 am Reply
    • tobiasmann

      Hiking is one my great joys. It’s one of those things that let me escape from the stress of newspaper work and commune with a simpler way of life. Hiking is also free and where ever you live you will find someone who likes hiking too. The most important thing is just going. I keep a small bag of energy bars water and a rain shell in my bag so I don’t have to think about it, I can just go.

      October 2, 2017 - 3:07 pm Reply

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