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I'm not sure how legit this is, but it counts in my eyes and that's all that matters, right?

I took a trip to New Zealand with my Girl Scout Troop this past Christmas holiday, and while there we did more and more hiking in the rain. Our second hike in the rain came after the winds picked up and we were forced to stop sea kayaking and had to hike back to our bus. The combination of the rain and the sea kayaking resulted in sopping wet shorts for me, which is not a great way to start out hiking. Well, my soaked shorts stuck to my legs, and I started to chaffe. My friend was also chaffing, so we started waddling to prevent it from chaffing further. Well, this waddling evolved into what we call "Hobbit running." Hey, we were in New Zealand and very much looking forward to a hike on Mount Sunday (Edoras, Rohan), and everywhere looked like a scene from the Lord of the Rings movies to us. We were also hiking barefoot (but that's another story), so we felt even more like Hobbits! At many points along our trip, we found ourselves in places that could have easily been on the trail from The Shire to Mordor and had a heyday embarrassing ourselves with our Hobbit runs and LOTR jokes. This Hobbit running became quite the trend throughout the rest of our trip and we ended up Hobbit running in Abel Tasman National Park, Queenstown, and on Mount Sunday.


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