So what did I learn on my 52 Hike Challenge? After all, I had a lot of time to think. Surely something worthwhile came from this effort. I finished 52 hikes, 178 miles in total, in 10 1/2 months. I hiked Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Spain. I must have learned something, and I did indeed.
Not only did I hike and confirm my love of the outdoors, I also stopped to smell the roses. I explored the small towns.
I learned there are no cellphone signals at the best hikes. Hike prepared and be safe.
Spider webs across trails mean you are the first one hiking today. Watch for snakes and bears. While on the subject, big lizards sound like snakes when you’re alone.
Climbing hills in life sucks, but the top has the best view. Stay strong my friends, and never quit.
Mental toughness and work ethic will carry you as far as your education.
Anytime you catch a break going down, you’ll eventually have to walk back up, just like life.
I don’t hate snakes as much, they are fascinating at a safe distance.
I learned how to offset my pictures so my Facebook profile picture doesn’t mess it up.
I love and miss my family when they’re not with me.
Proper equipment makes things easier.
To my daughter, don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do, lift those weights, jump those horses, get off the couch and find your life passion.
Shortcuts always, always end poorly! Stay on the trail.
Lastly, please keep Gatlinburg in your prayers. We left town Sunday morning before the fires made it to town. I’m hearing that our cabin on Sunday was burned down on Monday. We drove past the fire as we were leaving but I never thought it would make it to town.