20. snakes. I don’t mind snakes and it makes for interesting stories 19. squirrels. They throw things at me and piss me off, but you can’t find that on the road. 18. leaves and twigs. Cool if you’re into botany. 17. tree roots. That’s how I got my mean calves Dodging tree roots 16. gravel. Hey, if you’re going to bust ass and get trail rash, a fine pea gravel makes for more interesting stories and you’ve got evidence. 15. nature’s port-a-potty. No comment. But #18 can be especially helpful. or so I’ve heard. 14. canopy. Even when it’s raining, I’m usually nice and dry because of the jungle like canopy. I won’t mention the sauna it creates because this is a list of HAPPY things. 13. privacy. Just in case you need it. 12. hills. my favorite. 11. single track. now we’re gettin to the good stuff. 10. trail shoes. I feel extra kick-assish when I’m wearin’ em. 9. hat. gotta have a trail hat to help with those bugs that like to swarm your eyes. 8. trail skirt. Yep. I have a trail running skirt and I love it. 7. bugs. taste like scratchy wiggly things. extra protein. 6. Garmin elevation tracker. I like seeing the little cursor moving up and up and up. 5. 4Runner. Yes, I chose my vehicle with top priority being able to go off road and still drive my sore butt around on a cushy ride. I love loading up the back of the 4runner with stuff I may or may not need. Then driving with the sunroof and music blaring. 4. trail mix. mmmmm 3. silence. when the woods are silent, it’s a special thing. 2. noise. when the woods are talking, it’s a special thing. 1. It’s where my heart is.