You need to meet some experienced woods loafers. Maybe take a lesson or two. 95% of the woods experience is "being there".
I enjoy the “being there” part. I just prefer to be there when nobody else is. I’m pretty solitary for most things and hunting and hiking is no exception; though I am looking forward to taking my son when he's older.
It’s different when you’re with a group. Some of the stillness is gone.