Hiking – What are you waiting for?

I’ve seen this woman again.

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She’s a middle aged (45 to 65 years old), thin, perfectly coiffed and dressed, hovering around the North Carolina section of Barnes and Nobles. She picks up Walt Weber’s book on hiking the Carolina Mountain Club‘s section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and looks around, as if it was a porno book. I smile and say that it’s a great book.

“I’m thinking about going hiking,” she says.

“Hey, that’s wonderful.” And I launch into my sales pitch about CMC. “You ought to come out with us.  We have hikes on Wednesdays, two on Sundays, and sometimes on Saturday.”

“I’m really think about it,” she says.

What are you waiting for? This is not a lifetime commitment. Just go on the web, look up our schedule and try us out. But I just smile and keep my mouth shut.

Or I see women like that at the “Y” with perfectly matching exercise clothes that actually fit. I’m wearing my stretched out “YMCA” shirts that I’ve gotten from completing the “Y” Christmas challenge. We’re next to each other on the step machine.

“You’re the hiking lady, right? Do you still hike?”

“Yes. Why don’t you come out with us? We’re a friendly bunch of people.”

“I’m thinking about it.”

What are they waiting for? All of our Carolina Mountain Club Facebook Friends. All of you who “like” us. Don’t wait until you retire, or your doctor tells you that you need to exercise. What are you waiting for?

Life is short – Make time for adventure.

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