A friend of mine asked me if I wanted to do a hike last week. I'm almost always game for a walk in the woods, so I didn't ask too many questions. Turns out, he wanted to hike 30 miles of abandoned railroad tracks in Northern California. This area and its residents are pretty well known for their less-than-welcoming nature. Between aggro German shepherds, poison oak, deer ticks and angry marijuana farmers, I'm pretty happy to have made it through that one.