I’m excited to announce a guest post today from Jenny Holt, a freelance writer and mother of two. She loves nothing more than getting away from it and taking her pet Labrador Bruce for long walks, something she can do a lot more now she’s left the corporate world behind. She has written a post for us today about how to avoid some common hiking mistakes. I hope you enjoy her article!
Attention, San Diego area locals and visitors: there is a volcano in our midst! Yes, I said that right. There’s a volcano in our midst! (I had to repeat myself for dramatic effect). Nestled in the relatively sleepy seaside town of Carlsbad (a.k.a. home) is the Calavera Nature Preserve, where one can go on a leisurely afternoon hike past a tiny lake and to an extinct volcano! Who ever said there’s nothing cool in the suburbs?
I am pleased to announce that today we have a guest post from Lucy Gomez at GetCampingWild.com on the top 10 essential items you should bring with you whenever you go camping. If you’re into camping and outdoorsy activities, Lucy’s blog has a wealth of information on the subject, so definitely check it out!
If you’ve never heard of glamping, it’s camping…for people who hate being cold and uncomfortable. If this sounds intriguing, read on, my friend.
So…you want to go camping, but you’re not really a big fan of sleeping in the cold, on the hard ground, eating nothing but hot dogs and chips for days on end? I get you. On the other hand, camping is an awesome way to travel, get out into nature, and go on adventures for much less money than it would cost to stay in a hotel room.
So what’s a person on a budget with minimum comfort standards to do?
There is no photo that will do justice to the Grand Canyon as it is more vast and more incredible than I think a photo can really capture. It’s almost surreal, like a place somebody made up for a matte painting to be used in a sci-fi movie. I highly recommend you take the opportunity to go and see it at least once in your lifetime, because there really is nothing like it anywhere else in the world.
If you’re planning on going hiking, you’re going to want to make sure you bring the proper gear and provisions along with you. If you’re going on a short day hike, you can get away with nothing but a water bottle and a pair of athletic shoes, but if your hike is going to last you half a day, a full day, or overnight, you’re going to want to really think and prepare properly for your outing.
For today’s post we’re talking to Megan Maxwell, who thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in 2012. She has also gone on some other seriously awesome adventures, such as spending 14 weeks trekking in the Nepalese Himalaya. You can read more about Megan’s adventures at appalachiantrailgirl.com
There is an awesome narrow trail in San Diego county called the Annie’s Canyon Trail. Here is a photo of me hiking the trail a few weeks ago.
The Kalalau Trail is the premier trail on Kauai. A rugged, 11-mile trail that ends at the spectacular Kalalau Beach, it’s something that should be on every hiking enthusiast’s bucket list. If you’re not in tip-top shape, however, there are options for you to enjoy this trail, too, so definitely check it out if you’re reasonably fit.