Outdoors and hiking is a niche market that most Army and Marine Corps service members are familiar with, but not for pleasure. It’s part of the job. They call it being “in the field”, and they’re doing a job they’re trained to do.
This major category includes the following subcategories. There are other niches that are related to it, such as the fishing niche.
Way back in the seventies, before I joined the military, my parents liked to take me and my siblings to various places in Arizona and California to enjoy the great outdoors. It was an excuse to get out of the city and to spend a day or two fishing in one of the many lakes we camped at. Intentional hiking wasn’t included at all, but we often hiked to get from one campground to another.
We spent time in the White Mountains of Arizona, but I don’t remember the details. I couldn’t have been more than 11 years old the last time we were there, and we ended up getting rained out.
While I was in the military, I may have spent hours, weeks or even months in the field, I never subjected my family to it. To do it right, it takes money to spare and the right equipment, things I didn’t have. After my last trip to the deserts of Saudi Arabia, I wasn’t interested in any more field time.
After I retired from the military, my family and I simply didn’t have the time to do anything but work and go to school. By the time that changed, my children were grown. I wouldn’t mind spending some time near a lake today, but it’s no fun when it’s only one or two of us.