Today I completed my second 4,000-footer and my very first solo hike. I chose Mt. Osceola for its moderate difficulty and beautiful view, even below tree line. My solo hiking adventure, as with all new undertakings, was met with a little apprehension. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy hiking by myself, but it was absolutely wonderful to spend that time in the woods by myself. I am clumsy by nature, but I only fell twice and only hurt myself once. Not bad for a first solo hike.
I met a gentleman coming down the trail as I was going up. In the five minutes we stood in the trail chatting I felt like I knew everything about him. There are so many friendly people on the trails which is another reason hiking is so attractive to me. This gentleman was visiting from NY in a desperate attempt to complete his last 18 4,000-footers. He was planning to complete 14 in the next five days. Amazing! Someday, that will be me.