Hiking is just Walking with an Attitude
Browse my short 2014 Appalachian Trail trek - I attempted a half-hike in August, 2014. It didn't go well, so we'll try again this year.
Follow my Ice Age Trail trek - I finished on Sept. 28, 2013.
Read about my Superior Hiking Trail trek - I finished on Sept. 28, 2012.
Check out my Arizona Trail trek - I finished the hike on April 28, 2012.
The essence of hiking is to leave life behind, if only for a few hours, and explore the world around you using only the power of your body.
It is feeling your lungs labor, your muscles tighten and relax, and all your senses bringing new information into your brain.
Being a Hiking Dude is being on the move, covering ground, challenging your body, and renewing your soul.
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Back home and walking in -15°F yesterday. That's just 80° lower than my last walk down south. ☺
The vacation to Marco Island in Florida is over, and was a great time. It ended with a walk through the Edison/Ford Winter Estates in Ft. Myers before catching a plane home. Those two guys were amazing, and left legacies that huge parts of our current way of life are built on. Batteries
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The big arctic cold blast that has been setting record lows around the country even reached this far south the last couple days. Instead of highs in the 80s, it's only been in the 60s - but that's fine with me since there's still been lots of sun! You can see I had a jacket on today.
On this last full day, I got to hike a couple miles on the beach. They call this the 'west coast' even though I'm in one of the states on the Atlantic Ocean. I'm actually on an island just off the west coast of this eastern state, so that's weird.
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I walked 6 miles around the island early this morning, and got to this nice spot just as the sun rose at 7:00am. A couple of hopeful pelicans were keeping an eye on someone hunting in the rocks below the tideline - I assume for something edible. There were also a few fishermen nearby casting into the bay.
Without a cloud in the sky, the sun was beautiful, but a strong wind from the north dropped the temperature down below 50. Other people out walking were bundled up, but I felt just fine in my t-shirt.
I even saw one lady wearing gloves, earmuffs, and a down
The number one problem in America is the drop in miles walked per day. The sedentary lifestyle that so many of us now lead (especially people spending too much time making web sites!) is causing us to keel over right and left. Just going for a walk (let's call that a hike) for 30 minutes every day is about the best thing you can do for yourself, and for your family!
Hiking is a sport unto itself. But, it is also the means of locomotion that backpackers use to get around on multi-day adventures. I'm offering information about the art of hiking and all the preparation, skills, problems, and gear used by hiking dudes in moving about from place to place on foot. After learning all about hiking here, please visit the Outdoors Dudes web site for even more great advice about skills for trips and the outdoors.
If you've been surfing the web to find out something about hiking, then please check out my Beginner Hiker Plan to learn how to get ready to start hiking.
Feb 26, 2012 - Lynn
now, if you could just do something about the black bears in the smokey mountains ... haha.
Enjoy the day!
Mike & Aimee
Glad you updated us as to the hitching rides on roads.
Will be watching for your next trip.
Good hiking is healthy.
I would do the 2nd one, from Cascade River to Oberg Mountain. It includes Poplar River, Lake Agnes, and view of Lake Superior.
I have been interested in hiking since I took my college orientation trip (Baron Chairback A! WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO-YAAAAAAA!! ) and did enjoy it. The people around me, kept my spirits up while I was in uncharted apparel.
Now, I am finally taking actions to get back into hiking. I can't thank you enough for your words of wisdom and encouragement. Your website is thorough, and fun to read. I keep it handy, and is a bedrock of my belief that I am a hiker too.
I started moving seriously about 14 years ago on a bicycle. Crossed the US twice on two wheels. Lately getting into long distance walking. Goal is fun and mobility 'til I drop dead.
Keep movin' folks.
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