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“ESCAPING a grim world of war abroad and inequality at home, I fled with my teenage daughter here to the mountains of Oregon to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and commune with more humane creatures. Like bears and cougars,” begins a recent Nicholas Kristof, New York Times column.
And as he stated, a nature hike is therapy for the soul. But the column went on to note the kindness of strangers in the wild: “Humans pull together in an odd way when they’re in the wilderness. It’s astonishing how few people litter, and how much they help one another…And, in thousands of miles of backpacking over the decades, I don’t know that I’ve ever heard one hiker be rude to another.”