This isn't the usual trip report. I won't be describing a specific peak or providing pictures. Instead, I'd like to express my thoughts about redlining.
To White Mountain hikers, redlining means hiking all 549 trails (1420.8 miles) in the White Mountain National Forest. To date, only twelve people have accomplished this feat -- that we know of, anyway. Over the next few years, dozens more will surely follow.
Redlining is an excellent notion -- in fact, I'm happily pursuing the goal myself. I do want to emphatically state, however, that I have no desire to rush through all the trails, finish ahead of anyone else, or create massive mile loop hikes in order to combine as many new trails as possible into one outing. There's nothing wrong with any of that, of course. Those are all legitimate ways to "get 'er done" and I respect anyone and everyone who's out there checking off the miles. That's just not the way I want to do it.
Every hiker takes to the woods for his or her own reasons -- it's all good. Some like to set speed records, some like to spend every second of their spare time in the woods, and some, like me, simply like to get out and see something new on a regular basis. I enjoy walking a path I've never walked before. It's as simple as that. I like to amble, I don't like feeling as though I have to check off multiple trails in one day, and I could care less how soon or late I finish this quest. I just want to get out there and see something new.
I figure it'll take me fifteen years of casual hiking to finish all the trails in the Whites. If I'm mistaken and it actually takes me much longer, then that's just fine. Of course, after I'm finished with the White Mountain trails, there'll be the state park trails, the New Hampshire town trails, the trails which lead up Cardigan, etc. etc. etc. In other words, if I want to see something new every time I take a hike, then it's a good thing I live in New Hampshire. I've a lifetime of hiking ahead of me. That's not a bad thing.
Hike free or die.
Have a wonderful 4th, folks. I'm taking the next few days off to celebrate the 4th and...well...hike. :)
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