Sometimes, it seems like everybody goes hiking and camping in the great outdoors in the sticky, sweltering summertime. Those are the days when the bugs are at their worst, and the heat alone can leave you panting on the side of the trail before an hour is done. For an easier time of it, grab your gear in the spring or fall. Cooler days and mostly bug-free trails make for great hiking adventures, whether by the ocean or in the mountains. November 17 is Take a Hike Day, but any day is a good day to hike.
A hike can be a quick, spur-of-the-moment thing—a great break from a long drive in the mountains. By taking a time out from the cramped car for just an hour, your family can enjoy wildflowers, trees, fresh air, and wild creatures. For this kind of hiking on a well-marked trail, sturdy shoes, some water, and a camera are enough and plenty for a good time, although if you are hiking on a warm day, a little bug spray couldn’t hurt!Take a Hike
A longer hike takes more planning. If you want to hike into a wilderness area, eat a meal or two, and camp out, there are… [Continue Reading]