Favorite Questions from "Non-Hikers"

by Christa Sellars, Girls Who Hike Texas Ambassador

It has been a hot, beautiful, pictures do it no justice kind of summer, well…year. After knocking
off seven U.S. National Parks, and two Canadian National Parks in six months the questions and comments about the past six months of traveling start to pour in like newfound waterfalls running off the sides of mountains from the snow melt.

Will you ever stay home and relax one weekend?

No, and if you are reading this you should not either. Whether you are jumping on a flight to check out a new country or state to hike does not matter. It’s the simple fact that you just need to get outside, make a plan, and don’t ever say no to any opportunity that comes your way. At no point will you ever regret all the amazing things that the outdoors has to offer.

What’s enjoyable about being outside for days on end?

Honestly, it’s like anything, most of time it is completely enjoyable, and some days, you begin to
rethink your hobby. Part of the magic of the outdoors is the moment when you realize and ask yourself, “How is this real life?” This feeling is what makes everything worth it. This feeling of complete awe and utter amazement make all the heat, sore muscles, and frustrations disappear. This is what makes being outside and all the sacrifice and hard work so enjoyable. I truly hope that everyone can feel this at some point, because it is a feeling that cannot be purchased or given, only earned.

Does hiking alone not scare you to death?

If I answered this question with a flat out, “no,” I would be lying. Of course it is scary at times,
and nerve racking, but here’s my take on it. Do it. Book the ticket or get in the car, and go. It’s something that cannot EVER be explained. There’s something amazing about being on your own schedule, alone with your own thoughts, and having to trust in yourself that you are going to make it from point A to point B. I can’t guarantee that you are going to get your entire life figured out, but you’ll definitely return home with more confidence, strength, and drive than you left with.

In the end, it doesn’t matter if you’re out hiking with a large group or holding down the solo
scene, “do what you love, and love what you do.” Being outdoors is a therapeutic, and mental reset from our everyday lives, so strap on that hiking bag and hit the trails ladies!

Christa Sellars is one of our Girls Who Hike Texas Ambassadors, serving the Houston area. You can follow her adventures on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/christa.eileen and join her local meetups at http://www.facebook.com/groups/girlswhohiketx/