Ahh! Who doesn’t love to go for a long stroll in the woods or just a leisurely walk around town? Walking has many health benefits. It is a great stress reliever and a great way to get some fresh air and spend quality time with friends and loved ones. Now hiking is a different story. Hiking is taking long, vigorous walks, usually on trails in the countryside or mountainside – depending on how vigorous you want it to be. Then you have backpacking – now we are getting adventurous.
I’ve done a lot of walking and hiking in my time, from walking to work, strolling the Butchart Gardens in British Columbia to hiking in Podocarpus National Park in the Andes Mountains. Hiking is so rewarding, not only do we get to explore all the natural beauty around us in the forests, mountains, and coastal regions, we get to see beautiful vistas and get a good workout at the same time. This world has so much beauty in it and hiking is one way of seeing that.
One hike I will never forget is walking the “West Coast Trail” of British Columbia. It is a 75 km (47 mi) backpacking trail; it is part of the Pacific Rim National Park and is rated as one of the world’s top hiking trails. When we hiked the trail it was fairly new and not completely finished and was my first experience being a hiker. It was quite a challenge especially since we knew very little about the trail and were not prepared. I have learned so much since then and would like to share some of this knowledge with you on this site.
So come walk with me and I’ll tell you a few stories.