Top 3 Dream Hikes

topdreamhikesI’ve always had a passion for nature in all it’s beauty; serene landscapes, picturesque views, wildlife and that good old fresh air feeling.  I’ve also always loved walking – and I’m not talking about a stroll to the mailbox or the far reaching corner store – I’m talking about the need to just keep walking, like exploring a new city completely on foot from sun up to twilight.  To me the only way to truly see a place or appreciate it is on ground level, by taking it all in one step at a time.

Over the past few years I’ve been craving to do a real hike and the feeling seems to be getting stronger – especially as I learn of new hikes.  And so I offer you my top 3 dream hikes.  As I’m a true believer in once you put a dream or thought in motion and say it or write it down, that it starts becoming more of a reality and less of a perhaps, the wheels start turning, start moving towards achieving that goal.

photo from the movie The Way

photo from the movie The Way

My first dream hike is the Camino de Santiago or The Way of St. James.  I stumbled upon this pilgrimage, as many call it (though many are not religious who walk it), from a book written by Shirley MacLaine over 10 years ago, The Camino, and have been boarding on obsessed with it ever since, learning as much as I could about it and it’s history and devouring books of other travellers who have walked it.

Essentials

Name: Camino de Santiago or The Way of St. James
Where: Varying routes across Europe through Spain to the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela
Distance: Depends on where you start and which route you take
Interesting info: The symbol of the Camino is the scallop shell – used as markers, on pilgrim hostels and often sewn on a piece of gear of clothing of walker
Websitehttp://www.caminoguides.com

photo from PCTA

photo from PCTA

My second dream hike is the Pacific Crest Trail and has been lurking in my subconscious and everywhere I look ever since I read Cheryl Strayed’s amazing Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.  Her determination, strength and commitment really struck a cord with me and made me question myself – could I truly do it?, leave the civilized world behind and essentially live in the wild for an extended period of time?  My conclusion – I won’t know until I try, and so another hike was added to my must do list.

Essentials

Name: Pacific Crest Trail or PCT
Where: Starts near Mexican boarder, up through California, Oregon and Washington to the Canadian boarder
Distance: 4265 km / 2650 miles
Interesting info: Crosses 26 National Forests, 7 National Parks, 5 State Parks & 3 National Monuments
Websitehttp://www.pcta.org

photo from Lycian Way website

photo from Lycian Way website

My third and most resent addition to my list of dream hikes is the Lycian Way.  This one was inspired by reading Sherry Otts’s journey through her blog Ottsworld of her hike along the Lycian Way.  What captivated me was the landscape and hiking through ruins – as if you were walking in the past surrounded by such history – as well as her stunning photographs of her hike, I was hooked!

Essentials

Name: Lycian Way
Where: in Turkey, around part of the coast of ancient Lycia – from Fethiye to Antalya
Distance: 509 km / 300 miles
Interesting info: Turkey has over 14,000 plant species that are endemic (only found there)
Website: http://www.lycianway.com

I may only be dreaming about these hikes right now but what are dreams and hopes anyway? Precursors to things you’ll do, if you truly want them.  And boy do I want to hike these three amazing trails; let myself get lost in the wilderness only to find myself by putting one foot in front of the other.

Have you hiked one of these trails?  If so, how did it change you? or Do you hope to? Perhaps there is another hike you’ve done or dream to. 

Stephanie

I'm a Canadian gal with a passion for wildlife, the great outdoors and travel and hope to inspire others to feel the same way! Travelling mostly solo I love to explore Ontario Gems in my own backyard as well as exotic cities around the world.

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11 Responses

  1. Nadine says:

    I loved this post! I’ll be walking the Camino this summer- I’m a bit nervous and overwhelmed, but so excited. It’s my first long hike/walk, but like you, I have my eye on a few others as well. I also read about the Lycian Way on Sherry Ott’s blog and it looks incredible. I hope that you’ll be able to check all of these hikes off of your list!

  2. ahubbard10 says:

    These are all on my list too Stephanie! The PCT and Camino have been on there for quite some time, but I recently added the Lucian Way 🙂

  3. Suzanne Fluhr (Boomeresque) says:

    In 2002, my husband and I did a 4 day guided 35 mile hike of the Milford Track on the South Island of New Zealand. We had never done anything like that before. The Milford Track is very well managed by the NZ Department of Conservation. There are “huts” (really more like a hostel) for independent hikers and for guided hikers (more like lodges, IMHO). The DOC controls the numbers allowed to start the Track each day — 40 guided and 40 independent hikers and you can only walk in one direction, so much of the time, you don’t feel like you’re hiking with a group (even though you are). I did a retrospective blog post about it that has some photos (they were the old fashioned kind 😉 ) Here’s the link. Please feel free to delete it if it doesn’t comport with your commenting guidelines.

  4. Jill says:

    These 3 are on my dream hikes list as well!

  5. Mark Swain says:

    Most inspiring piece. I’ve done the Camino Finisterre with my wife. We enjoyed it so much we plan to do more. The other two I have added firmly to my to-do list which also has the Canadian Rockies / Banf etc near the top. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you good hiking in 2015.

    • ladyofthezoos says:

      Thanks Mark! It seems the more hikes I learn off the more are added to my list! I better get hiking!

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