It is not uncommon to meet hikers who are listening to music. Sometimes with earbuds but often playing it out loud for a group to hear.
To each his own but I will never understand the point. The act of walking through the woods is nice but there’s so much more to a hike than that physical act or what you see when you go.
The sounds of the forest are amazing, especially when you’re close to water.
The birds were vocal on Saturday as were the frogs. The wind in the trees had a life of its own too. Walking near the lake shore, I could hear turtles plopping into the water.
But if you’re quiet, you can sneak up on turtles as they sun themselves on fallen trees near the water’s edge.
Stomp through the woods with your music blaring and you’ll miss all this.
Tune into all your senses – the sights, smells and sounds of the woods – and you’ll start to notice the small details like delicate wildflowers and butterflies, nesting geese and the occasional woodpecker overheard.
Do this and it’s no longer just a walk, it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.