Hiking has been Mara's constant companion. During her childhood, Mara loved exploring the rolling hills and redwood forests in Northern California. In college, she'd take breaks from studying to get lost amidst the forest on the perimeter of her campus in Massachussetts. It's been an integral part of becoming grounded since her move to Vancouver, serving as a much needed counterpoint to the sometimes over-stimulation of living in the heart of a downtown. Hiking is her favourite way to get out in nature and lose herself in the stillness. Depending on the day, it can be a practice in mediation or a social experience shared amidst friends--many of the best adventures are some combination of the two.