I have come upon many obstacles in the tens of thousands of miles I’ve hiked. I’ve stumbled over downed trees, shimmied over boulders, fallen down gullies, dropped down steep inclines, nearly had my boots sucked off my feet by mud and slid down hills on my ass. I’ve faced bear, wild boar, even an otter, and more bees, flies and ticks than countable. I’ve had belligerent, recalcitrant hikers on my trips, a hiker who went into anaphylactic shock and I’ve stared down the bore of a hunting rifle, more than once. I’ve been caught in hurricanes, blown by tornados, nearly lit up by lightning, soaked through, burned crispy and gotten lost more than I care to admit.