What is hiking? I always see people say hiking is their favorite exercise, or what they want to do on their day off, or even for vacation. Where exactly do you go hike? Is it walking anywhere that's not a road? Do you take a backpack and snacks? How far do you drive to go hiking? How long is the hike? What makes hiking different than going for a walk?
I hike in state parks,nature preserves, recreational trails.
Hiking involves walking in nature-no road. I "walk" in my neighborhood. I "hike" in the nearby state park.
Hiking in nature gives additional health benefits to the same amount of exertion done in a suburban or urban setting. (You can google forest bathing (from a Japanese term) to get a start on the science of outdoor walking.)
What I take depends on where and how long I plan to hike. I do a lot of 1 hour hikes where I know I have cell phone coverage and just take my cell phone.
I drive between 5 and 20 min to hike on a routine basis.
I always hike on mountain vacations. The drive is often an hour, but I am gong for waterfalls or vistas.
ETA: I found all the great trails locally after we had gone on a vacation out West and I had googled hiking trails along the way so we'd have a break in long stretches of driving. When I got back home, Iit dawned on me that I could do the same thing locally! You can try googling hiking trails + your area and seeing what you come up with!
Edited by Laurie4b, 22 April 2017 - 07:42 AM.