When you can’t surf, hike.

Ok, so I haven’t really been able to surf much lately because of a chronic shoulder injury coupled with bad weather and rain. Instead I have been hiking, which in fact is a great work out and builds leg strength and cardio. I’ve been hiking though really because I met a girl I like and so now we hike together. This is a great way to meet and get to know someone. It involves one to two hours of uninterrupted time together where you can talk about anything and everything, or not talk and just hike, or talk about the hike. Unlike dinner where you are sitting facing each other and if you run out of things to say, it can become a bit awkward, especially in the beginning, with hiking, when you run out of things to say, you just get on with hiking. Unlike going to a bar or a club where it can be loud and noisy, you often don’t really get a chance to have good conversations and open up, but with hiking, you have plenty of time to dive into some heady conversations about love, life, on so on. I now happen to think that hiking is one of the best ways to get to know someone. And when it gets warm, you can peel off your sweatshirt or track jacket and reveal a fun little tank top that accentuates your arms…flirting, but not because you’re hiking.

The problem with hiking is that it does take a bit longer to know if you are in the “friends box” or if it is heading in a romantic direction. With a night out (say either dinner or a bar/dancing) you pretty much know by the end of the night if you are just friends or not. Hiking leaves it more ambiguous because at the end of the hike, you are both off to do what you do for the rest of the day. But that’s part of the fun of it. It takes the pressure off because it doesn’t feel so “datey”. You can just enjoy getting to know someone and define it later. I like it. It’s like dating without the awkwardness of dating. It’s hiking.

I still need to surf. Maybe tomorrow.

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