Now that school is done, I'm dreaming of a summer full of outdoor activities, like hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, camping, rock hunting, beach combing, and enjoying the company of friends!
I started back to school to get my masters in August of 2012, and I haven't been able to get into the woods as much. I can't wait to be able to spend more time in a place that fills me up (the woods) instead a place that drains me (the computer)!
Here's to 2014!
It's been 10 years since I started the LikingHiking club. I had been looking for a hiking club to join, but the closest one was in the cities. I hiked alot, and was worried that eventually, my kids wouldn't want to go anymore. I don't mind hiking alone SOME times, but not ALL the time! When I lamented to my friend about this dilema, she said "Why don't you start one!" ... So I did!
Our first hike was at Isinours, near Lanesboro. It was a short hike, but a great starter hike. Isinours is still my "go-to" hike when I don't have much time. It's so close to home!
This is my favorite time of year! Everything is so colorful and fragrant! It's a real feast for the eyes! And nose! Tonight, I went for a run, and the air was so sweet after the todays rain. It reached close to 80 degrees today... very unusual, but I'll take it! I wish I could bottle up days like today and take them out whenever I needed too.
November is an "iffy" month for hiking for me. I get a little nervous about being in the woods during hunting season. Most state parks DON'T allow hunting, but a few parks DO, so check into it before hitting the trails.
I'm looking forward to digging out the snowshoes for the winter. I never realized how EASY snowshoeing was until I tried it. It looks funny, but it's just WALKING!!! On top of the snow!!!!
If you've tried it and it wasn't comfortable, maybe the snowshoes were the wrong size or needed adjusting to fit your foot correctly. For a natural and comfortable gait, it's important to make sure your foot is straight and centered in the snowshoe. If it's too far forward or too far back, it's easy to trip. Sometimes I have to stop and readjust my snowshoes after I've started,, but I can hike for hours on snowshoes!!!! I've fluctuated with what boots to wear. If it's not too cold, I just wear my regular hikng boots, but if it's under 20 degrees, I wear my snowboots. The heavier boots add a workout to the hike, but it's all good!
Hiking in the winter is VERY different than in the summer. It feels more serene, calm... and quiet. The quietness is amazing! Let it snow!