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When does a walk in the woods become a "hike"?
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August 17, 2016
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Drea
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Hey Mike (or any other forum readers), are you there?

I'm one of the dozen or so people left who don't use Facebook, so I hope you'll find this. I happen to like forums. 

First - This website is a fantastic resource. Spouse and I have been married for 40 years, and most of them have been deliriously happy, but - we spent many years with me trying to talk him into getting his hip replaced and him putting it off. He finally had it done (and of course I was right, he should have done it long ago:)) and since then we've discovered that hiking is something we can do together and both enjoy. So, thank you for all the terrific info. You are an excellent writer and you crack me up. 

We spent a week hiking in the Smokies last month. We both took backpacks with the necessary supplies, but we saw plenty of people hiking with absolutely nothing. At first I was shocked, but then I thought about how many times I've taken the dog to James Baird Park for a drag through the woods, with... nothing. I take my phone, even though reception is spotty in Baird, and my license in my pocket (I don't know why). And I'll take two water bottles, one for me and one for the pup, but I leave them in the car until we get back to the parking lot when we have a drink. 

So my question is, am I being stupid? Have I just been lucky? Is it a question of familiarity, or remoteness? Do I just consider Baird part of my backyard? Every hike we've done from your list we've taken at least one backpack, and now I feel like the next time doggie and I go to Baird I'd feel nekkid without one. 

Drea

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