Fall is finally here!
It’s time to log some miles on the trails. Wildlife is stirring, storing for the winter. Many birds are migrating. Snow is falling in the high country and the foliage is changing.
Backpacking or hiking in the cooler temps is my favorite (next to smiling, of course).
When asked about why I love to hike, I often respond “the views.”
The physical challenge is bleh and the conquering drive to join some “14-er” club is just not in me. I like to look out and see the scope of the world I live in. I like to soak in the warm, fall sun and not get in a hurry. I like to see how small I am in comparison to the rest of God’s creation. And, if it’s going to be a butt-kicking hike, I enjoy training so that I’m not dead when I get to the lookout.
Speaking of great scenery. What a spectacular view in Grand Teton National Park in this shot!
Sneak peak at an ultralight backpack from Gear Junkie.
REI is always a helpful source. Here’s an infographic about scenic U.S. trails and the “10 Essentials.”
Looking for some advice on getting started hiking or backpacking?
Here’s also a good resource to consider…