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Take A Hike
By Jim Hoffman
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Growing up in my family back in Pennsylvania it was not a common practice to walk with no purpose. We walked, sparingly, only as a means of dogged transportation. But now I'm well past those years and living in Maine where the pace is a might slower, and which suits my slowing body just fine.
So I began to hike about a year ago. The pandemic allowed for more time to pursue this unlikely endeavor. My sister several states away from here asked incredulously, "Who are you??" Well, I can't say that Maine has changed me too much, but it has allowed for a leisurely walk in the woods and along the cliffs, something that I now embrace and enjoy. This, coming from a heritage where taking in the outdoors meant mowing the lawn.
Now I hike in fresh snow where the only traces of others are the coyote prints ahead of me, and I've hiked in the rain with a trash bag over my shoulders. I've linked up with the area's conservancy and gone out with a spray can full of blue paint to blaze the trees on the Boot Head trail. And now I'm going further afield to Acadia. It's all good, and oddly gives me a sense of purpose. Maybe I'll see you on the trails someday.
Meanwhile, see: Downeast Coastal Conservancy