I have always been comforted by the dark... plus the world is an interesting place to be when everyone else around you is asleep or shut up in their homes. I used to take night walks all the time - until a group of teenagers decided to stalk me home in their car, shouting derogatory slurs, and blocking off my escape route. Why? I had the audacity to sport a short hair cut and they thought I was a lesbian. So much for tolerance.
I miss my night walks... Now I just have to be satisfied with campfires.