Well there's a difference between "hiking" and "marching" IMO
There's duty, then there's liesure. When you set your own pace, load your own gear (go as light as you want!) you get a much more relaxing thing.
I know when I have to get somewhere fast on foot I'm concentrating on directions, location, path, etc.
When I'm hiking with friends/family I enjoy the place. I stop and take pictures of interesting views, etc.
I can see how one might sour you on the other, but hope you haven't lost all love for it.
Toro_mike, one of my sisters mentioned interest in going back to that hike, but I'm thinking we'll wait til later in the year. Definitely not for the winter season. Heck, felt like a hike getting to my driveway this morning. Started sliding down the driveway into the street in my boots. Felt like Minnesota again </oldmemories>