Go Hiking

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.Log Trail at Gaff Point, NS, Canada

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.

Viewpoint at Podocarpus National Park, Ecuador

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.

Walking barefoot on Los Frailes Beach, Ecuador

Happy hiking!

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4 thoughts on “Hiking

  • Jackie

    Very informative website!! I too love the great outdoors!!. I would like to say I have hiked before but now I know that – “Hiking is taking long, vigorous walks, usually on trails in the countryside” – I don’t believe I have done so. I do take long walks through parks and commons but never in the countryside. I live in the UK and we are so blessed with a lot of countrysides. Your blog has inspired me to do some hiking this Summer. I will be checking out some trails. As this will potentially be my first hike and I’d like to start off slowly, have you any advice as to the type of trail I should start with – soft ground, rocky ground and will i be needing any specialist equipment? Thanks!!!

    • Robin Post author

      Thanks Jackie, I’m glad you like my site. Starting off slowly on your first hike is a good idea. As far as what kind of trail to take that is entirely up to you. I would suggest not hiking a steep trail to begin with and wear a good pair of sturdy shoes or hiking shoes or boots. Some people use a walking stick but I usually don’t. Keep enjoying the great outdoors!