One of my goals for 2018 is to complete the 52 Hike Challenge. This challenge is perfect for me since I love hiking, I just moved to a new area with hundreds of trails to visit, and it’s a new year!
About the Challenge
The challenge is 52 hikes in a year. It’s taking time out of a busy schedule to fit nature into life. I personally find time in nature a great way to recharge and rejuvenate my soul. As cheesy as it sounds, it really is spiritual for me. According to their site, the challenge is a movement and I would agree as I have met many people doing the same thing as me, but each journey will be different.
“52 HIKE CHALLENGE IS A GLOBAL MOVEMENT EMPOWERING YOU TO TAKE A PERSONAL JOURNEY TO DISCOVER THE PHYSICAL, MENTAL, AND SPIRITUAL BENEFITS GAINED THROUGH HIKING ONCE A WEEK FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE WORLD ARE TAKING THE CHALLENGE TO HELP CHANGE THEIR LIVES IN A POSITIVE WAY, ONE STEP AT A TIME.”
I believe this will be a challenge for me since 52 hikes (hiking once/week) will be a challenge for me. It rains more often than not here (at least during the winter months), and as I get busier, it can be easy to let nature fall by the wayside. Good thing I love being outside. It’s free therapy for the mind, body, and soul! I think that once the days get longer and I could go on more hikes after work during the weekdays, it’ll be easier to get out more often.
Right now, it’s dark a lot more than daytime which is tough but I’ll keep plugging away regardless. I have been keeping a list of hikes I find in Washington (and beyond) that I’d like to try out and a challenge like this is great to try them all out as I go.
Recording the Hikes
I will be posting on Instagram after each of my hikes with a mini story and at least 1 photo from the hike. I hope can keep this going for the entire challenge, but keeping up with social media is tough for me! (I fail at being a millennial, oops!) We’ll see how it goes. My second goal for recording the hikes is that I’ll do mini trip reports on this blog as much as possible. My first hike was prior to me committing to the challenge, but I will backtrack to include a couple photos and thoughts from the trip.
After I get going, I will reflect on mid-way and when I am finished to see how my thoughts change.