A leaf crunches. A twig snaps. The smell of dirt and mountain and sun fills the nostrils. Tall grass and plant limbs caress my bare legs as I walk the trail. The sun wraps itself around my skin, my entire body exposed. I begin to sweat. My backpack begins to feel heavy against my shoulders. Up and up and up we hike. Ten, twenty, thirty feet we climb up, marching towards the thinner atmosphere. We take a well-earned break in the shade, letting our bodies regain homeostasis.
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