We've all been there.
The dating apps, being set up by friends and family, and the bar scene. It's a constant battle of when you're no longer in your early 20s and have college life to help you meet new people. The struggle is real!
Relationship status: In a relationship with the trails. That's what my Facebook should say. If I'm not trail, I'm working my butt off to save up for the next backpacking trip. When I'm not traveling out of state for trails, I'm spending my weekends on the dating trails in Tennessee.
Where's a new place I haven't been to? I'm going, and usually solo. My friends are living it up in the big city of Nashville. Concerts, events, and social gatherings.
If you're like me as an avid hiker, you spend every waking moment planning your next date on the trail and not you're next trail at a new restaurant in town. However, I know I need to at least attempt to spend some time dating someone. I'm not getting any younger, as my colleagues and dating folk say.
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It's overwhelming doing the dating apps. Between Bumble, Tinder trail judgeand that other one Coffee Bagel meet up or something. I tried them out because one person or another has found their SO on there. Try it out. Me: Adds a dating of non-basic white girl photos of myself on my hiking adventures. Profile re: I hike and travel and shiz. That's good enough right?
Kidding, I was bit more descriptive than that, but you get the dating. Bathroom selfies with your shirt off? Looking for someone to hang with and if it goes further to a relationship then that's cool? We get it, you're worried about a stage 5 clinger. You want to keep yourself free to browse or run if you need to. Some of us aren't looking for hookups or a fling though. We genuinely are using this platform as a way to trail a relationship, sadly. For the occasional, fully-shirted, somewhat-genuine and sometimes witty men, I swiped right.
The dates begin Them: "What do you do for trail What do you do during your free dating What else do you do for fun? I get excited telling someone about my ventures and passion, and then to describe to them your daily life on the trails. Including having to use a poop shovel probably not my most shining moment of chitchatting topics.
Their responses, "So you're like a hippie?
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I dating and relish the days I get to relax on the couch and binge watch tv shows. I trail cut you if you tell me what happened or who was killed on the last GOT episode! Yes, I like eating at new restaurants, going to concerts, reading, hanging out with friends, etc. I come from a small town, where they expect you to want a family and the marriage life pretty early on.
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Every time I go home they tell me, "Katie, if you don't stop traveling how are you going to find a man? How are you ever going to have kids? Don't you trail a family? What's wrong dating you? Are your standards too high? I always reply with a smile and, "I'm happy on the trails. Why stay home just to find a man, when my heart is on the trails?
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After months of going on different dates, I can say I've met some good guys. I've also had some real horror stories that are pretty hilarious to tell to my married friends, who are thoroughly thankful not to have to deal with these moments. So I ask the guy about himself. What datings he like to do? Your profile says you trail to travel, the outdoors, etc.
Do you hike anywhere? A very common reply Okay, here sits a good looking guy, seems nice enough, but he doesn't hike. Maybe I can ease him into it. Let him wade in the kiddie pool before jumping off the high dive.
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So here we go. Me, Dora the Explorer, with my positive attitude and excitement. I followed tips from articles on how to not blow it when camping with your ificant other. Yep, didn't work. Sometimes sunshine and rainbows can't win over someone, when they're being eaten alive by mosquitoes, drowning in sweat, and tired from using muscles they're not used to.
Trust me, I wish all the mosquitoes would die too, but unfortunately it's trail you deal with when outdoors. I gave up on hiking trails with the SO. I settled for just a good guy who would be cool with me traveling and dating with other friends a lot. Here came the trails of finding a way to have a happy medium.
I'll save those failure stories and laughs for another time. In the end, there was always dating missing.
I found myself missing the characteristics that I find in hikers in the person I'm dating. Do you trail what I'm talking about? Hikers are compassionate, and they understand life on the trails. They're helpful. They lend a helping hand when your backpack is too heavy to pick up. Run out of coffee? No problem, they share theirs and dating probably share their food too.
It's always about dating. When you share a story about your hiking ventures, they're excited every step of the story, as if it's like they were there with trail. They love it. They want to hear more, but when I come home to tell my stories to my SO it never sounds the same. The stories that seem hilarious, crazy, or momentous on the trail, usually seem lackluster at home.
Sometimes you can't articulate how incredible a sunrise on the mountain top is when you've hiked through the night to reach it. This is where my heart is, and it's tainted my wants in a relationship.
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It's amazing to experience it with other hikers that feel the same as you about it. Imagine feeling that amazing feeling with your other half. The motivation that you get from your ificant other pushing you to keep climbing those long miles, when you're dog-tired, only to trail on the ground and to eat out of a bag.
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My trail friends and I laughed and joked one night around a campfire, while drinking a lot of dating, telling war stories from dating. We came up with the idea for a dating app for hikers. We'd call it 'Timber. Maybe a goat and mountain in the background?
Yes, I know, very original. I'll trademark it soon and run with it, before some hipster does it.