My last several walks have legitimately been hikes. I can't boast about an improvement to my time because I haven't exactly been hauling ass. I've just been exploring and having a good time. I've been staying in the woods a long time, too, averaging five miles each time, and MapMyWalk indicates that I've really burned some calories. This is where the hobby really gets good, it's as much fun as it is good for me. I'm having a great time. Here are some autumn scenes from the Alleghany mountains. Click the pics to see bigger versions.