As I’m dressing for another morning hike, distracted by yet another hiker YouTube or podcast, I wonder; why am I doing this? 

Why do people decide to put themselves through such grueling ordeals on long distance hikes? Mangled maimed and mutilated – oh my!

 What am I thinking? What is this wanderlust call that consumes my mind? Why is the trail and all its hardship so appealing?