Why do we hike? Why do we seek out lonely mountain tops and quiet mountain streams? Is it for the scenery? Or is it something more?
Why do we put up with bad blisters and sore knees, strap on heavy packs and sleep outside on the ground. Why do we spend our free time doing what most people consider torture? It can’t just be the scenery.
What separates us from the millions of tourists that visit Yellowstone every year. They halfheartedly get out of their cars and walk a few dozen feet along paved paths to a scenic overlook. What drives us further down the trail away from the crowds to paths less known?
Hiking is a part of life. A journey that challenges us, rewards us, and takes our breath away in more ways than one. It is a metaphor for life. A voyage worth the effort, making us grow stronger through the process. We don’t hike because it is easy. We hike because it is hard.
My Life Outdoors seeks to explore this ideas as observed from the trail, rivers, and mountain summits, and experienced through hiking, backpacking, paddling, and skiing. Read trip reports, gear reviews, how to information, as well as win prizes and share opinions. My life Outdoors is based in Texas and features outdoor adventures in and around the great state.