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SP got me Hooked on Hiking

Monday, April 23, 2012

When we were on vacation at the beginning of April I found us places to go walking - or what I thought was just walking. 99% of them turned out to be hiking trails. We were not prepared for this, but decided to give it a try. We liked it. There was one day where we hiked for a total of three hours. Not three hours all at once, but a total of three hours.

During one of our hiking trips we found branches and turned them into our walking sticks. When we got home, we really spruced up the sticks. We used special oil on them to protect them and put leather strips on them for a handle grip. We now take them every time we go hiking.

We do the following when we go hiking: we wear boots instead of just sneakers, we bring water, I have to bring tissues, we bring our walking sticks, and some times we bring our digital camera (as you could tell from the vacation pics). If we're going to be there near lunch time, we will bring a granola bar or something to tide us over, in case we should get the hungy horrors. What else whould we bring? Since we're new to this, I'm sure that there's stuff that we haven't thought of. Any help is greatly appreciated!

We knew of some places to go hiking and went there, but I took it a step further and went online and found tons of places. Now I wonder where we will hike next.

SparkPeople got me hooked on exercising, which in turn got me into an active vacation, which in turn got me hooked on hiking. Thanks SP!!!
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    We found out we have designated hiking trails in the state forests here in FL and if you hike them all you get a patch (10 trails in 5 parks)! You have to send in a card in after each hike (which can be anywhere from a mile to 10 miles). The patch has the state forestry symbol on it. It will look really cool on a hat or jacket!! I think that is really nice they do that. We have so many rails to trails down here too! We just love to walk/hike! And we can't forget about the beaches! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2101 days ago
    Awesome!! & being out in nature is so calming! emoticon
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  • IILAAD65
    Too funny! I find myself looking for trails too!!!

    I didn't think about wearing boots. I stay on trails through woods which is probably not TRUE hiking.

    2101 days ago
    Fantastic! I love to hike, as well!

    Love the tips above. Some places suggest bells to keep bears and such aware, so you don't startle them.

    I have a stick that I've been wanting to fix up. Now is the time!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

    2101 days ago
  • LVZ617
    What a great time!

    Being a former Girl Scout, I tend to bring some survival things as well, depending on how long the hike is. You may want to get a small backpack, referred to as a "day pack". Most book bag packs fall into this category.
    I bring a few basic first aid things, like band aids. The most useful thing is an elastic bandage that sticks to itself, sold under brand name of Coban in drug stores. It is usually much cheaper to get it from pet/farm supply as vet wrap, the stuff you see wrapped around the race horse's legs. It comes in all kinds of colors, and I get a bright one. This can be used for sprains, to stabilize a limb by using a branch as a splint, etc. It also has lots of other uses, for holding things together.
    I would definitely bring more food if you are gong out around lunch time, in case you get delayed going home, as well as always have water with you. I also usually bring a poncho, which can serve not only as cover if it rains, but a dry place to sit or lay. And, of course, the proverbial matches.
    A whistle is another good idea. This has two purposes: it can signal rescuers if you get lost, and can scare away wildlife such as bears and coyotes. With the advent of small LED flashlights, these don't weigh very much.

    For an hour or two, this is probably a lot of overkill, especially if there are a lot of other people on the trail at the same time.

    Hope this helps.
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    2101 days ago
    I used to do a lot of hiking, your pics are making me think I should start up again.
    2101 days ago
    I don't have any tips for you, but I'm glad you're enjoying yourself! :)
    2101 days ago
    You sound just like me! I never hiked before Spark but purposely plan our vacations now with walking and hiking involved and we LOVE it. Planning on hiking in the Smokies again on our next vacation where we have been several times already. We carry pretty much all the same things as you do and leave extra shoes and socks in the car for after the hike along with a cooler with our lunch and then either find a picnic area or just eat right by the car since the whole park is beautiful-even the parking lot area! Have fun with your next hikes!
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