When single and in your 20s, Saturday nights tend to look the same: some amalgamation of a bar, lounge, and/or club with one to several of your friends.  Here and there you might stay in, see a movie, or go to a house party, but generally speaking, weekends start to blur together because of the habitual nature of the outing which includes drinking and/or dancing.

My clever and adventurous friend Mark decided to change it up and lead 10 of us on a night hike.  When I say night I mean 10pm. When I say hike I mean 2.5 miles up Blood Mountain, the highest peak in Georgia’s portion of the Appalachian Trial.  If you’ve read this blog with any regularity, you know that exercise is not my prowess.  I tend to prefer a leisurely stroll or as previously mentioned, a night of dancing, to burn some calories, than to go uphill through rocks and branches for over an hour in each direction in the dark and the cold.  But, in light of my constant interest in trying something new, off I went.

I must say, aside from my body pointing out to me almost immediately upon ascent that I’m out of shape, it was a great way to connect with old friends and meet some new ones.  The adrenaline of getting to the top and then back down again safely was a great competitor to the weekend high of drinking, and to top if off, I know it was a great workout since my body is sore as can be.

Even if you don’t live within driving distance of a  mountain to do this exactly, I absolutely recommend changing up your weekends if they’re as monotonous as mine have become.  Let me know what you do to keep weekends interesting so I can steal your ideas.