I love doing explorations. Hiking alone is great fun Seldom does a person actually go a whole day on a trail without encountering another individual. During those times we can shrug off societies rules of no burping, talking aloud to oneself, farting, or childlike wonderment.
We don't have to be way cool. Our clothes don't have to match or be designer labeled. In fact, the shirt I found was a Small and I cut its label off.
We can fail to reach our objective without feeling weak. We can elect our break times or continue mercilessly in heat and storm. I like it.
A good trail partner is a rare gift from the gods. If you find one, treasure them, and let them know it.