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  • I've been told many times to slow down my pace while hiking with one or many friends.

    "It's not the destination, but the journey," they will yell at my back. I would turn and smile at them before picking up the pace.

    Of course, the journey is important. Smell the roses, enjoy the scenery and all. But honestly, I just want to reach the destination. And the sooner I get there, the more time I have to rest and enjoy the view in solitude before everyone else arrives. I would hear my hiking companions grumbling, "Let her go" or "she's racing again" or "we'll catch up to her when she trips and falls".

    But what they really don't know is that I'm speed walking to get out of the sun and then I slow down when I'm in the shade.

    While hiking in Big Sur with several friends, we started out together and I found myself leading the way. There was sections of the route with little to no shade and the sun was beating down on us. Rather than trudge along in the heat, I'd hurry along on the path until I reached the shade to stop and rest. The group would catch up to me, happy that I waited, then I'd would rush on to the next shady spot. After an hour of this, one friend noticed exactly what I was doing and realized they would never be able to rest in the shade if they were determined to keep up with me.

    And this is why every hiking photo taken of me is from behind or I'm under the shade of a tree.
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