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August Hiking Update
August 25, 2020
August 2020: A Note From Diane
Glad to be here with you, sharing all the good stuff I found since the last edition of Happy Trails.
Think of me as your little squirrel buddy, gathering juicy blackberries (they’re ripe right now in my neck of the woods) and then leading you right to the stash.
Not a squirrel fan?
Then consider me your trusted hiking resource, ready to share all the best stuff with you. Between 700+ pages on the Hiking For Her website and this newsletter, I’ve gotcha covered.
And if not, send me your questions! Unlike squirrels, I can type.
Now on to this month’s update.
REASONS TO BE HOPEFULIf you’re looking for a new backpack, keep this in mind: Gregory has teamed up with actual female hikers (gasp!) to design a line of backpacks for 2021 that fit our curves.
It won’t be released for awhile, but I’m hopeful that a company which really understands backpacks, combined with women's voices, will get this right.
Here’s the press release:
Gregory 2021 Line
Read about it here:
A new active ingredient in yellow cedar trees and grapefruit (called nootkatone), discovered and developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in insect repellents.
CDC’s licensed partner, Evolva, is working with pest control companies for possible commercial partnerships. Stay tuned! I’d rather smell like a grapefruit than a vat of chemicals any day, right?
PREPARE TO BE AMAZEDCalifornia condors may be a part of your hiking amazement list, but for those of us who can’t hike there, there’s this Seqoia National Park story: Condors Are Amazing
Josh Lane is a thoughtful voice for paying attention when you’re outdoors. He shares from the heart. If you’re seeking peace and connection during these turbulent times, read how he allowed a mink to be his teacher. Minks Are Amazing
I found a bird’s nest on the ground the other day, and wanted to know who crafted such an intricate work of art: grasses, mud, lichen covered twigs bent into a bowl shape.
So I used this Cornell U. Ornithology Lab website to figure it out by answering just a few quick questions.
Bird Nests Are Amazing
Here's a question for you: Have you noticed how quiet the trails get in terms of bird activity this time of year?
This article explains why that is, and it’s just one more reason to be amazed at our feathered friends:
Birds Are Amazing Even When They Hide
NEW WAYS TO HAVE FUN ON A HIKEHow’s this for a new twist on hiking? A silent bat hike!
Although you cannot sign up for this specific hike, I think the description (bat vocalization detecting equipment!!) sounds like a really good time! What do you think?
My article details how to get started:
LET YOURSELF BE NURTUREDTimes are tough, and no end in sight (yet), so nurture yourself a little.
Start with this Soundcloud recording of “one square inch of silence” which is devoid of human noises: something very hard to find, but available to intrepid hikers on the Olympic Peninsula in WA State:
Rainforest Silence In Washington
Hiking is not a hobby, it’s not just something you do to pass the time. It’s a real need.
I get it!
That’s why I started the Over Forty Hiker community, a private space for discussions (no social media interference, no spamming or trolling).
Read more about the nurturing it may offer you here:
Join Our Over Forty Hiker Community
-We took a poll on how trail etiquette has changed this summer, and were surprised by some of what we're seeing.
-We shared a ton of experience with finding the perfect sports bra (or at least one that works). Yes, names were named.
-We started a weekly “help the newbies find the best gear” thread. So far, we’ve covered backpacks and hydration options. So much trail wisdom!
Lots more, too. Please consider joining us, whether or not you’ve achieved the magical, wonderful and wise age of 40.
Yes, that’s how we look at aging – it’s something to celebrate! Wouldn't you like to hang out with hikers like that? We'd love to meet you!
Back to a regular monthly scheduleVery excited to be bringing you monthly newsletters again, so thanks for reading and I'll connect with you again soon.
Meanwhile, send me your hiking photos, trail humor, gear questions or just an old fashioned howdy. You'll get a reply, I promise :)
Happy Trails to you,
Diane a.k.a. Happy Hiker
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