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As far as outdoor activities go hiking is right at the top of my list.

  • Oct 9, 2009
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It seems that my wife and I never tire of taking hikes.  It is a great pastime and one of the few things we can do these days on the spur of the moment.  Just what's not to like about immersing oneself into the great outdoors?   We enjoy just about everything about it.  Molly and I  love the solitude, the scenic vistas, the birds and wildlife, the fresh air and of course the physical activity that is associated with hiking.  We find that it is a marvelous way to just leave your troubles behind for a few hours, reconnect with nature and recharge the batteries.  

Now don't get the wrong idea.  Molly and I know our limitations so you won't find us on extremely difficult and dangerous mountain trails.  Rather, we generally opt for trails in state parksNational Wildfile Refuges, Audobon Society sanctuaries and forest management areas.  We especially enjoy places that offer a variety of terrain.  Once such place that we visited just yesterday is Trustom National Wildlife Refuge located in Southern Rhode Island.  This land was donated by a visionary lady named Ann Kenyon Morse in 1974 in memory of her late husband.  God bless visionaries like Ann who see the wisdom of preserving such important and picturesque open spaces for the enjoyment of future generations.  Spanning more than 800 acres the refuge protects the state's only undeveloped salt pond.  From upland forests to a 1.5-mile barrier beach, the varied habitats in Trustom Pond support more than 300 bird, 40 mammal,and 20 reptile and amphibian species.  This is our favorite place in our home state.  We generally spend around three hours here and always come away relaxed and refreshed.

We also enjoy taking hikes in the mountains of New Hampshire and all along the Maine coast where there are tons of trails.  Wherever we travel we are always looking to take a hike.  It amazes me how relatively few people engage in this activity and take advantage of the open spaces that have been reserved for their enjoyment.  I know that not everyone enjoys the great outdoors but to my way of thinking these folks simply don't know what they are missing.  Looking for something to do this weekend?  Get out of the house and away from the computer and television and take a hike.   Rediscover one of the simple pleasures in life.   Highly recommended!
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December 28, 2009
A man after my own heart. When my friend and I were in Switzerland, the most enjoyable part of the entire vacation was hiking in the Alps. Magnificent!
 
October 14, 2009
I love hiking so much. Not only is it a free way to get some exercise, but hiking has put me in the best shape of my life! Oh yeah, it's beautiful too! :) I used to live on the East coast but unfortunately never made it up to Maine or NH. I did however, do some of the Appalachian trail down by NJ, including the Delaware Water Gap. Highly recommended!
 
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Quick Tip by . June 28, 2011
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Extremely fun when in countries like Switzerland, Norway, Canada and the U.S. Awful in Asia, especially South East Asia! Temperature and the lack of hiking trails have a little to do with that.            I love hiking with a camera and especially if I'm not rushing to finish a trail! Hiking alone does pose some degree of dangers, especially for woman and older people.      Having said that, hiking in national parks is one of the best …
review by . March 03, 2010
Hiking is definitely my favorite sport.  Why?       Because I love the outdoors, it can be done with essentially nothing but a nice pair of boots, and it can be done year round.  It is fun, something that can be done whether your 5 years old or 95, and it is great exercise.      In the winter I snowshoe!      Because I love the outdoors, it can be done with essentially nothing but a nice pair of boots, and it can be done year …
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
I always love to get some fresh air and sun while on a hike in the countryside.
Quick Tip by . June 14, 2010
If it's a long hike, a dog backpack works great -- the dogs get tired and they just LOVE to carry their own gear
Quick Tip by . March 20, 2010
I grew up hiking with my family every Fall. I love the exercise and the chance to soak up the beauty of nature.
Quick Tip by . September 19, 2009
posted in Go Canada
Hiking is great, especially on a scenic spot like around the lake or mountain areas. I love it where weather are cool and during Autumn!
review by . December 19, 2008
I love hiking more than any other physical activity. A good hike can be just a quarter mile or more than 20. No matter what, a hike will hopefully lead you away from the craziness of modern life and into a spot that will offer solitude and peace.     I first got into hiking after my family moved to California in the early 1990s. Our home is located right next to a national forest boundary, and as such, our front yard was literally a massive playground.     Throughout …
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Hiking is an outdoor activity that often involves walking along established trails in natural environments, including mountains, forests, beaches, riversides, among others.

While the term "hiking" is understood in almost all English-speaking countries, its usage varies from country to country. For example, in Australia and New Zealand, the action of hiking is often called "tramping," and "bushwalking," or simply "walking."

While almost anyone can partake in the activity, long-distance hiking, or hikes that involve extreme elevation change, often require some degree of physical fitness. Also, while hiking generally has low impacts on the surrounding environment, excessive trail use may lead to pollution, erosion, and the general ecological degradation of the area near trails. Nonetheless, the activity forms the base for many other activities, and is extremely popular among nature enthusiasts throughout the world. 
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