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“Don’t buy anything — go for a hike!” I texted to a friend who takes an inordinate amount of pleasure in finding a deal. Wisely, she didn’t engage. I put my phone on a bookshelf and set off for the day’s adventure.

I jumped back from the road, my boots squishing into the tender ground as a driver zipped past leaving a dirty mist to settle over me. This place wasn’t built for humans on feet. Despite this being a residential area…