“It’s great that you like us so much, Deb, but you should buy a backpack and try hiking on your own too,” said my Outward Bound Instructor after my seventh course.
You see, I had no exposure to hiking or backpacking until, as an adult in my late 30s, I signed up for a four-day backpacking course with the North Carolina Outward Bound School. It was so completely different than anything I had ever done. It was exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. Being outside, experiencing the beauty and solitude of nature, being disconnected from my phone and computer, learning new skills and being challenged was a constant high; I knew immediately that I would be back for other, longer Outward Bound courses.
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