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Forestry Encyclopedia | Excitement about the Outdoors

Keeping them plugged in to the Outdoors means Unplugging

Encouraging the Outdoors, Science & the Arts

Helpful Tips For Newbie Hikers

Hiking is a vigorous and exciting activity for people who enjoy the outdoors. If you are interested in hiking, you are likely excited to get out on the trails. However, you should consider some tips before you go on your first hike.

Remember to pack essential items in a waterproof backpack or hiking bag. You need to pack drinking water, a healthy snack or two, and a flashlight if you are hiking in the evening. It’s also smart to pack your cell phone in case of an emergency.



Before you go on a specific trail, look it up online. There are hiking paths for newbies and there are paths for skilled, experienced hikers. Make sure you choose a path that’s easy to navigate. You don’t want to overdo it.

If you’re hiking in unfamiliar territory, make sure to look for signs and markers to remember spots you’ve passed. This will reduce your chances of getting lost. Printing off a map of your hiking trail is a good option, too.

Overall, hiking is a very enjoyable and exciting activity. Just make sure you’re prepared so you can enjoy it to the fullest. Keep these tips in mind and have fun on your journey.

Staying Plugged in to the OutDoors

always rainy in seattleDid you know that some time spent outside breathing that natural air and getting some bright sunlight into your eyes can have a positive effect on your health? It’s true. Consider that vitamin D is an essential part of your body chemistry, and is associated with your mood. Consider also that people living in places where there is a ton of rain, like Seattle, the level of suicide is greater there. Coincidence? I think not! People go months without getting outside for meaningful time spent in the great outdoors, or even seeing the sun since it’s covered by rain clouds so much. This is definitely my case, I used to live there and felt myself getting depressed as we went in to month 3 without sun. It was rainy, cold and miserable, to the point we couldn’t go outside to experience the sun. What a bummer it was, and when the family moved east to a city where there is more sunshine, and plenty to do outdoors all year around, my mood shifted miraculously.

More outdoors means more life, more passion, and more reminders that you’re part of a planet that is benevolent to you. What a great sense of belonging, but it’s only experienced by actually getting out there. So do yourself a favor and get outside, and find ways to bring the outdoors inside. Plants, other products and ideas can help you have a better connection with the greater planet we live on. Stay tuned for some greatness!