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[at-l] Hiking Gene

So last night I went on a first date with a funny, successful, single,
gorgeous stockbroker (I swear to God, I'm not making this up!!!)  Getting to
know each other, we're talking about what it is we like to do when we're not
working -- I obvioulsy go into this rant and rave about the mountains I've
hiked, the adventures I've had, and the eternal dream of thruhiking.  So
then Mr. Wonderful says "gee, your whole face lights up when you talk about
this stuff.  Tell me, what is it about this hiking thing that makes you want
to do it all the time".  (I knew right then it was going to be a long,
painful painful evening).  Of course that's just not something you can put
into words so that a non-hiker can understand it.  Oh, but I tried.  And as
I babbled about the "need" to hike (yada yada yada)... I watched him drift
off into the TV behind me and right into ESPN's Sports Center.  

So he may be a gorgeous, funny, successful stockbroker but I just can't see
him again (sorry, Mom!).

What is it about this hiking thing, anyway?  People who have hobbies like
bowling don't get this obsessed, do they?  This might sound crazy, but do
you think some of us are born with a need to be outdoors...almost a
heightened sense of appreciation for nature, or something?  A "hiking gene"?
Sometimes it seems like most of the people just don't get it...they don't
have this need to be outside, to sleep outside, to be where there aren't any
other people.  

Am I nuts or are some of you out there nodding your heads in agreement with

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