There aren’t to many things an entire family, including their dog, can do these days together. One option available now, the same as it was a hundred years ago, is go hiking. Of course the reasons have changed a lot and some of the settings have changed a little, but in the end it’s nearly the same (yes the photo above is of the Swiss Alps but there are many places in America that look nearly the same).
There are some 60,000 miles of trails in the National Trail System across all 50 states. There are many, many more that are not a part of the National Trail System, such as state, county, and local trails also waiting to be explored. For those of you that love nature, what else is there so beautiful? For those that love history you can imagine yourself walking along some of the same paths as many of our forefathers walked. For those who just want to find something different to do with your family, friends, and neighbors, it is a constantly changing landscape to be enjoyed by everyone.
Camping on some of the trails is a fun option for the entire family. Cooking hot dogs over an open fire (done safely), talking instead of watching television or playing on the computer, getting to know each other once again… or maybe for the first time. And here’s a bonus… you can burn 400-500 calories an hour.
Now is the perfect time of year to go hiking as well. It’s cooler, the leaves are changing colors and skies are generally clearer. The weather makes everyone feel more energetic and walking for some distance is not as taxing. In other words, if you are going to do it, do it now!
You might even find it to be a new and healthy hobby you can participate in. Your kids will love it, you dog will love it, so why not give it a try.
How to celebrate – Look for trails locally you can travel down. Make a day of it and pack a lunch. Make sure to put anything you think might need in a backpack – bandages, extra socks, first aid kit, and tools you may require. Most of all, take water! Lots and lots of water! See how many of the 60,000 trails of the National Trail System you can travel yourself. Start a hiking club with your friends and family. You really should never go by yourself.