There can be something very satisfying about telling someone to “go take a hike”. You may even be tempted, daily, to tell your boss to “take a hike”.
On November 17, preserve your job and sanity by telling yourself to “take a hike” and join others who will take to wooded trails and mountain ridges in celebration of Take a Hike Day.
A walk is merely a leisurely stroll around your neighborhood block or through the local park. A hike is hitting the trails with your camera and perhaps a companion. Hiking provides exercise as your journey leads through winding trails, over hills and up sides of mountains.
The reward is a healthy physical workout and emotional down time as you reconnect with the tranquility of nature, not to mention some breathtaking panoramic vistas, one of which you might pause for a picnic break.
When preparing to hit the trails bring plenty of water. Pack snacks and bring a camera to capture those memorable moments. If you’re a wildlife enthusiast bring binoculars and if you’re prone to getting lost, a handheld compass or GPS device might be in order.
While you’ll want to pack a cell phone for emergencies, keep it in the least accessible corner of your backpack. This is a time for communing with nature, not social networks. Missing the sight of a passing deer because you’re focused on social status defeats the purpose.
From sea to shining sea, through expansive forests and over majestic purple mountains, every state offers beautiful terrain to explore. Instead of telling your boss to “take a hike”, although he probably should, tell him you’re taking a personal day.
Alternately, you might propose an outing in which the office closes to embark on a group hike. Present the proposal as an opportunity to bond outside the workplace, thus an exercise in teamwork, leadership and group support.
On second thought, you already see enough of these people, especially the one troublemaker who’d be at risk of getting shoved over a cliff. Perhaps you had better just call in your personal day, grab your backpack and invite the dog instead.