The practice of mindfulness involves being aware moment-to-moment, of one’s subjective conscious experience from a first-person perspective.
I often have the problem that I can't bring myself down "to the hike" when on a short Saturday trip etc. This problem doesn't apply (at least for me) if I'm on vacation. After the second day I'm absolutely in the "here and now".
However, how can I improve my mindfulness or bring myself into a mindful state to experience the hike also on short trips?
In case you didn't get what I wanted to explain, here is a paragraph which describes the problem pretty well:
The problem is that you are often stressed from work and other things and therefore you think about these things. However, as you hike and think you forget to experience the hike itself. You are just wandering around and forget to focus on the landscape, nature and so on. And often you find yourself in the car again and think: "Damnit, what have I even done in the last couple of hours?" This feeling goes away if you are away from stressful things a few days. After you've hiked (without smartphone etc.) for a day already, you are finally in the "here and now" experiencing the hike.