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I am a good walker but not a good hiker, not yet. Now that I have proper hiking shoes, I have incentive to improve. I also have a terrific hiking partner who never fails to keep my spirits up, especially when I feel like I am going to keel over and never stand up again.

I felt that way on our Multnomah Falls hike in October. The pouring rain was the least of my concerns. I started to beat myself up, too, which never helped anything.
Just then, FunkyPlaid took a moment to stop me and talk with me, and listened while I barfed out some stupid excuses, and then hugged me. And we kept walking, and we finished the hike to stand right next to the second-tallest year-round waterfall in the United States.

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