During the four months that the coronavirus pandemic has sequestered much of the population within their houses, more and more people have turned to the outdoors to alleviate the isolation of being stuck inside. Local trails have seen a huge spike in visitation; Colorado Parks and Wildlife, for example, saw a 30 percent increase in visitation at its parks in April 2020 versus the previous year. In addition to the
For my birthday week, I tend to go on a little trip - discovering new places. This year, I created a little trip I just may turn into an annual vacation. As I was thinking about a last minute trip a week or so before my birthday, I searched for reservations at various campsites and found one spot at Grand Lake available for two consecutive days…. So I made the
America’s National Parks are among the most stunning examples of natural wonders in the world. However, the pristine beauty afforded by theSE parks also draws huge crowds, especially during the summer months. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, for example, saw 12,547,743 visitors in 2019, the number one most visited park in the country. Luckily for outdoor enthusiasts, there are innumerable uncrowded nature preserves located near the popular National Parks.
Having your best friend by your side while enjoying an outdoor adventure on the trail often elevates the entire experience of hiking, trail running, or mountain biking. Taking your dog with you on the trails also helps your canine companion get exercise and foster its own connection with the outdoors. Dog friendly hikes are readily available across the country and while the positives of heading to the trailhead with your