As we hike, communication is happening all around us, even if we’re not a participant.
When we listen to nature, we hear sing-along tunes of birds, chitter chatter of squirrels and chipmunks, the humming of insects, or perhaps the occasional greeting from a far off coyote.
Trails can be a place that offer silence when we need to retreat. Going for a solo hike can be a great way to clear your head while enjoying the solitude offered within the natural cathedral of abundant trees.
However, trails can also be a runway for creative conversations. Observing all the different parts of an ecosystem working together, we may feel inspired and reminded of the importance of connection with others.
“Besides enjoying the physical benefits of hiking that everybody knows about,” shares Pradip, member of and KTA Representative for Chester County Trail Club, “hiking in a group gives one extra and very valuable benefits of social interactions.”
Hiking with a friend or group is a special kind of experience that sparks fresh ideas within the infinite space of the forest, valleys, and path ahead.
20 hiking-themed conversation starters
Next time you’re hiking with a friend, try one of these 20 hiking-themed conversation starters:
Hiking trails provide a neutral space where relationships, cross-cultural conversational skills, and communities can be strengthened.
Trails are one of PA’s greatest assets, can aid in improving overall well-being and physical and mental health, and even benefit our state's economy through outdoor recreation opportunities.
Keystone Trails Association is committed to preserving, protecting, promoting, and providing recreational hiking opportunities and trails in PA.
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