EOCROSSFITMOM sounds so awesome the things you are doing. I would love to hike sections of the AT one day. I've read so many books about it. The Continental Divide trail runs right through my area and I've done a number of day hikes on parts of it. But it's not hiked as often as the AT. and from what I've read, not marked in many places. Very lonely out hiking that trail from Mexico to Canada. I have some nice areas to hike in the Gila National Forest a few minutes from where I live. I don't want to thru hike it because I don't like all the extreme temps you have to deal with. BUt I would like to hike sections over several years when I could pick the best time of year for some of the sections to avoid extreme heat or cold/snow.
Love those sayings, too :) Yes, I'm part of an archaeology group :) from that group there are a few of us that love hiking, camping, and tons of other outdoor activities. It's amazing how many of them don't enjoy it yet are arch students :-/ So those of us that are super serious about these activities (5 of us) get together separately and do things. We're planning to hike the AT in sections each summer - we might finish when I'm 60! lol! Between those summer treks we do something once a month. It's just so fun and peaceful and therapeutic .... All those things only other hikers would understand :)
Hey Linda. Thanks for the tent! I do live in NJ. There are some county parks around here that have some decent trails, but nothing spectacular. I have hiked small sections of the Appalachian Trail (mostly parts that run through Shenandoah National Park and a small section that goes over Bear Mountain in New York). You are right about the peace that comes from getting out there. I bought a t-shirt last year that says "Hiking -- Cheaper than Therapy". Now isn't that the truth! Grandma
Grandma I'm always glad to meet another woman who hike alone! I didn't have anyone to hike with when I started, and once in a while will hike with someone (usually visiting from out of town) and we have fun but most of the time I enjoy the time by myself. I stick to well marked trails for forest roads that I can easily follow. Usually I'm hiking in areas where there are a few people. Not many and definitely not around people the whole time, but enough to know there are others on the trail that might find me if something happened. Great idea about the card. I left my family know where I'm going. Some areas around me have cell service, some don't. I live right outside the boundary of the Gila National Forest in southern New Mexico, and have areas all around me to hike in. Some are up higher and better for summer, fall, spring hiking and some are south or west of me in high desert that are good for winter hikes as our winters are usually pretty mild. It is absolutely my favorite form of exercise and my therapy. I want to go camping, and this year have some camping equipment and hope to do it later after our rainy season starts here. But not backpacking, just camping in an area not isolated but not busy. I would do day hikes from there. I have been camping before, but for years I hadn't had the chance until last year with a couple of friends from out of state again. We have a huge wildfire burning in one area of our forest right now, and a lot of fire restrictions in place until our summer rains start usually about the middle of July. The current fire is over 30,300 acres and was started by dry lightening on June 7th. But there are a lot of other areas still open in another direction.
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I have only been a team member for a couple of days myself. I love hiking. It is one of my favorite things to do. I so enjoy the woods and the peace. I usually hike alone, but I always make sure that someone knows where I am going (especially if I am camping in a National or State Park). I only day hike though, no overnight stuff. I also leave a 3X5 card with the campground host or the local rangers as to what trail I am hiking, emergency number, etc. When I get back I pick up the card. If I don't pick up the card, they know that I am in trouble and they should send out the troops. The folks up in the Bar Harbor campground liked this idea so much, that they began requesting all of their single campers to do the same. In the meantime, I am getting ready to head to West Virginia in a couple of weeks. I am really excited to get back out on the trails. Summer is here, let's go hiking! Grandma
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Hi all, I'm new to the group :) If there are lots of spelling errors, please excuse them, as I am typing blind (as in without my contacts!). I love to hike, just don't get to do as much of it as I'd like to in recent years. However, my archaeology group is getting together to do several different hikes this summer - two thi sweek! I'm so excited to be getting back at it. I was also pretty excited to see a hiking "team" on spark :)
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