As this blog was being written, the final seconds ticked away on the Seattle Seahawks season. We were so close to winning, and victory again slipped through our hands like a Beast Mode Fumble. The season will continue next year, and maybe then we will finally get our elusive Super Bowl Championship. Your family and friends have dealt with you obsessing over stats, taking over the living room, drinking beer and eating unhealthy foods. Your body has been stressed for weeks and there is only one cure. While it has been a great ride with Wilson and Sherman, one good thing comes from a loss. Your weekends are now free for time with family or better yet, time in the great outdoors of the Olympic Peninsula.
I am not saying come hiking with us for sheer selfish purposes. I am saying this because during the Seahawks run, we have accomplished something special. We all have bonded, become a community and rallied around the Pacific Northwest. The Seahawks helped, but win or lose; this season was coming to an end. We could revert back to our old ways and wallow in self-pity of a team that didn’t quite live up to our expectations, or we can explore our area together and have the same enthusiasm for our forests, rivers and mountains as we did for our offense, defense and special teams. In the four plus hours a week that you spent with the team, you could be out getting healthy and discovering areas of the state you didn’t know existed.
The Olympic Peninsula heals all wounds, and soothes the soul. With hikes in forests older than this nation, mountains that have only been climbed a few times and waterfalls that rival images from National Geographic, you will forget about bad play calls, fumbles and even the NFL. The trails on the Olympic Peninsula are magical, nearly erasing all memory of the outside world, allowing you to live in the moment. You don’t have to believe me, but I promise that one good hike in the rainforest will help you get over a loss and start a new life, one where you are in charge of your happiness.
Maybe you think I am a bandwagon fan, but since the days of Dave Craig I have coped with losses by hiking on the Olympic Peninsula. Below are a few hikes that should help you deal with no NFL football, hikes that will get you addicted to being active during the weekend and hikes that will start a family tradition of exploring the Olympic Peninsula.
First Down: http://exotichikes.com/hurricane-ridge-hikes/
Third Down: http://exotichikes.com/elwha-river-hikes/
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