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I like to hike, and explore.  One day after telling my dad that I finally made it to the top of Mt Wilson in the mountain range near where I live, he asked me why I like to do hikes like that.  I gave him an answer at the time that sounded good, but I thought about that question for years afterwards.  It's a very deep question if you think about it.  I mean, why do I enjoy it as much as I do?

I started asking myself that question also about why I like to travel.  I like to visit places I've never been, usually a place that is very different than what I'm used to.  More remote, less developed, someplace unique.  I don't have a definitive answer yet, but the best I can come up with is that I do hikes like that because I am a better person for having been there.

When I think about where I wan to travel next, I find something specific and unique that I want to experience.  Then I build a trip around it, versus picking a place and doing everything there is to do there.  

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