Why I Hike

I have an endless list of reasons way I enjoy long distance hiking so I’m just going to have some FUN here and continue to add to this list as I think of them…enjoy! (No order..except the first one is the best one):

  On my AT thru-hike in 2012, I hiked for kids through the Hudson Family Foundation
  I absolutely love big challenges! This is a LARGE one!
  The idea is to die young as late as possible. ~ Ashley Montagu
  Those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by others doing it. ~ James Baldwin
  The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions ~ Alfred Adler
  You’re never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream ~ C.S. Lewis
  The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.  ~ Anthony Robbins
  “You’re never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true.”  ~ Richard Bach
  For the adventure
  Because it’s there. ~ George Mallory
  You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. ~ Wayne Gretsky
  The world’s big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.  ~ John Muir
  One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it Now.  ~ Paulo Coelho
  I get to miss a bunch of political BS in 2012, 2016 and now in 2020… 🙂
  One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. ~ Andre Gide
  The fishing hasn’t been very good in the Gulf of Mexico with all the oil, dirty water, and fishing regulations these days.
  Reality Check…we didn’t get here today without having some tough ancestors in our family tree..
  With a bad economy, it’s a nice time to escape an ugly world (posted in 2012).
 “No one ever dies wishing they had spent another day at work” That’s a FACT! On the flip side to that..I can truly say that I’ve always loved my career in building construction.
  “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”  ~Mae West
  “If it doesn’t kill you, it will make you stronger”
  Great things are done when men and mountains meet. ~ William Blake
  Simple Life… I want “to experience life at its most basic level: food, water, shelter.”
  Want to experience life for a extended period of time outside of the man-made jungle.
  He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  For the solitude
  Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. ~ Helen Keller
  There are no gains without pains. ~ Benjamin Franklin
  Will be nice to have a “License to Eat” knowing I won’t gain a pound.
  Knowing this is not the American way anymore, it will be nice to be responsible for myself and for my actions. You can’t sue mother nature.
  Need to complete this hike before December 21, 2012…for it’s the end of the world!… 🙂
  “There is always a reason to not do something…ALWAYS”
 “When asked “What thing about humanity surprises you the most?”, the Dalai Lama answered:
“Man…. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”  ~ Dalai Lama XIV
  Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely
in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways,
chocolate in one hand, red wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally
worn out and screaming ~ “WOO HOO what a ride!”  ~ Hunter Thompson (w/ a couple of revisions)
  “Life is to be enjoyed, not endured”  ~ Gordon B. Hinckey
  “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s learning to dance in the rain.”  ~ unknown
  “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”  ~ James Dean
  “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”  ~ Jim Rohn
  Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. ~ Mark Twain
  “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”~ Jim Rohn
  “Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.”  ~ Robin Sharma

19 Responses to Why I Hike

  1. Caitlin says:

    AWESOME! I’m jealous!
    Best of luck to you! I look forward to following you on your journey. You can do it, to Katahdin!
    Be safe, have fun, enjoy!

  2. Mary Ruth says:

    Every year I find some AT blogs to follow on their journey. With a 4 year old and an 8 month old, my own hike is still a few years off. Excited to track your progress!

  3. Lora says:

    Good luck to you!! Wish I was out there on the trail. So until I can make it out there, I’ll just follow you at home in Alabama. Take care of yourself! I look forward to your posts.

  4. Bruce says:

    All very valid reasons………good philosophy to remember as we go through life. All of us should be chasing our dreams. I’ll be thinking about you frequently..

  5. rob mayville says:

    Looking forward to your visit and joining you on the trail, can’t wait!

  6. Pam Jernigan says:

    David, great job! I’ve enjoyed your blog. Way to squeeze every ounce out of life!! (This is your cousin Pam in Arkansas btw).

  7. Dawn Peterson says:

    Hal has been following your journey and I have read a lot and following too! I love the blog and pictures. Will it be hard to join back into the everyday world? Great job and would love for all of us to get together when you return . We will donate to you foundation. Enjoy the rest of our adventure.

  8. Jen Combs says:

    I admire you & your journey. Be safe and my family and I wish you a safe & healthy return soon!

  9. Clayton says:

    Hey David,

    I guess you traded your fishing pole for a hiking stick! Orange Beach is not the same without you!


  10. Mother Hen says:

    I have enjoyed reading your experience thus far..Stay well!

  11. I love this. I have been rummaging through your page and… This list…. This should be the instruction manual handed out at birth, to be read to us each night before bed and hung on our mirror to be seen each morning.
    The nice thing is that each of us has our own thing so if we all lived by this philosophy we would still have room for all of our activities. Might even find a better and happier world.
    I understand this is an older post but, thank you. I am going to run off with a few of these!

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