Romantic or Family Hiking Adventures

Backpacking is a great way to get away from lifes hustle and bustle and to go offline and be one with nature. Unfortunately, memories of your backpacking experiences can fade with time. The ideal way to prevent this is to maintain a backpacking journal documenting your adventures.

Backpacking Journals

Take a moment to recall details of your most recent backcountry experience. What jumps out in your mind? Now, consider the very first time you ever backpacked. Undoubtedly, you remember a couple of things. Perhaps the scenery, the people you went with, specific paths and spectacular views. The experiences you’ve forgotten are lost to time and, most likely gone forever. If you had kept a journal, the most memorable aspects of your trips would have been preserved.

There are popular stories of people keeping journals that documented their journeys. The journals of John Muir, which he used many years later to write several books is the most relevant. In his journals ,Muir kept notes and sketches of the many years he spent traveling the world and the wilderness. While your backpacking experiences may not be as expansive, maintaining a journal will allow you remember them as the years pass.

An excellent backpacking journal must have a few important features. Initially, it should be compact and easily accessible. Second, it should have something to protect it from rain, spills and so forth. Third, the journal should contain empty areas to compose your notes and drawings. Fourth, the journal ought to include hints to guide you on what things you should write about. Hints might include:

1. Who you went backpacking with,

2. Where you backpacked and how much you enjoyed it,

3. What activities did you do? Fishing?, Dayhikes etc….

4. The geography and weather condition conditions,

5. Paths you traveled on and just how far you hiked, and

6. Any special events that occurred while you backpacked.

7. What photos or videos you took and where they were taken.

At the end of the journey, you should be able to use your journal to help you recall the following:

1. Who you packed with and how to contact them

2. Enough information to advise others who may be going to on the same hike

3. Memories to contemplate years later, and

4. Something to hand down to your friends, children and grandchildren.

To get the most out of your backpacking journal, you must write in it regularly during your hike. Make notes during rest breaks and, my favorite thing is writing in it while waiting for the sun to hit your tent in the morning. Every trip is unique, even if you just go out for a weekend.

Backpacking is an excellent means to get in touch with nature. Keep a journal to document the experience.

Hey guys the topic of what to take back packing sparks a lot of debate among gear nerds.

 

That’s all good, but if you want things simplified we have a checklist that can help you out.

 

Here’s the deal, no matter what you decide to take in your pack you always have to have the ten essentials those are:

 

  • Navigation so compass map.
  • Head lamp
  • Sun protection
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Knife ( a multi-tool might work for you)
  • Fire (waterproof matches or a lighter or whateve)
  • Shelter (tent, tarp, hammock or bivy)
  • Water Purification Filter
  • Water Bottle
  • Extra Food
  • Bear Cannister (required in the national parks)
  • Warm Clohing (jacket, vest, wool underwear, waterproof jacket, umbrella)

 

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Additional Options

 

  • Bear Spray (if you are concerned about bears or travelling in grizzly habitat)
  • A trowel or shovel (to bury you know what)
  • Toilet paper
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Cook Kit (small, lightweight titanium is best)
  • Small towel for washing
  • Small scrub sponge for cleaning
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Toiletries (hairbrush, chapstick,toothbrush/paste,deoderant)
  • Camp shoes (I usually tie lightweight sneakers to my pack and bring along a pair of down booties as cold feet are the worst!)
  • Solar Charger for phone/camera

 

 

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Hiking Adventures:  Perfect for Family Trips or Romantic Getaways

Are you interested in taking a trip?  Whether you are looking to take a traditional trip with your family or go on a romantic getaway, have you ever thought about going on a hiking adventure?  Hiking adventures are nice because they are great for just about everyone, as well as just about any occasion.

One of the many reasons why hiking is great for both romantic getaways and family trips is because hiking trials come in a different levels of difficulty.  In the United States, you will find hiking trails that are designed for beginners, hiking trails that are designed for experts, as well as those that are at the intermediate hiking level.  This is great if you are planning on hiking with your children, as you should be able to find a number of hiking trails that would be easy for them to hike.

As for romantic getaways, one of the many reasons why hiking is perfect for a romantic getaway is because of the scenery. The scenery is one of the many reasons why hiking is such a popular activity.  No matter what hiking trail you choose to hike, there is a good chance that you will come across a wide array of landscape.  Many hiking trails are set next to rivers; therefore, there is a good chance that you will get to see some waterfalls. These waterfalls, as well as the other scenery types that you may come across are perfect for romantic getaways.

In keeping with romantic getaways, hiking adventures can last as short as a few hours or as long as a whole week.  Many individuals who go hiking choose to camp in a campground near a popular hiking trail. Camping brings you closer to nature. As for family vacations, staying in a campground adds another fun activity for you and your family to enjoy.  If you are planning on hiking with your children, there is a good chance that they would find the camping part just as exciting as the hike itself.

Speaking of activities, when you go hiking, you will likely end up visiting a national park. National parks are home to many hiking trails. In addition to being home to a number of hiking trails, as well as a campground, you will also likely find a number of other activities for you and your family or you and your romantic partner to participate in. For instance, swimming or paddle boarding in a lake or kayaking down lazy river. Or enjoying a picnic in a meadow or under a grove of magnificent pines. Stargazing on a dark night. Cooking marshmallows over a campfire.

As you can see, from being outlined above, hiking is the perfect way to spend your next family vacation or even your next romantic getaway.  If you are interested in enjoying a hiking adventure, you may want to think about making your reservations in advance.  While you may not necessarily need a reservation to just go hiking, you may need one if you are interested in camping out overnight.  Making your reservations in advance will help to ensure that your next hiking and camping adventure is as memorable as possible.