I’ll always remember the first time Mike and I went hiking together. It was before we were “official” and we had only been dating for about 2 months. Hiking a mountain was one of the first hurdles we were faced with as a couple. Learning to work as a team and read each others body language were essential skills that we needed to possess not only in overcoming the obstacles of the great outdoors, but in defeating obstacles that could one day fall in the path of a relationship.
Lake Solitude Trail
The trail that Mike brought me to was on Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire and was one he had hiked often as a child with his Dad. After we had parked his car at the beginning of the trail and began to anxiously walk toward the edge of the woods, I realized that by inviting me to this special mountain, Mike was opening up and offering me a small piece of him.
The trail was Lake Solitude on Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire. If you ever want to get to know the person you’re dating better, or test your compatibility with one another, I strongly encourage you to go hiking.
Chances are neither of you will have cell phone service, at least not for very long (ladies, time your status updates wisely, especially if you’re a Queen of checking-in), so neither party will be able to hide behind their phones in awkward silence. You’ll engage in real conversations, solve a few problems, ponder why intense hikers use hiking sticks and lastly realize how much you wish you had one after the hike is over.