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June Hiking News For You
June 23, 2023
June 2023: A Note From Diane
Yup! Time flies when you're hiking, thinking about hiking, planning hikes... so here we are in June. Already.
Lots to share this month, so let's get crackin', which is a small pun on where I live: the Kraken hockey team ALMOST made it all the way in the playoffs.
Life lesson: Make every goal count ;)
NEW HIKING FOR HER ARTICLESOne of my newsletter readers made this suggestion:
“I'd love to hear about and see photos of the hikes you've done … I'm sure you've hiked in some cool places, and I'd love to hear about those trips.”
What a great excuse to share some of my favorite hiking destinations and tips with you this month:
AI AND FAKE REVIEWSYou've most likely read the doom and gloom, or rainbows and unicorns, articles about the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on our lives.
But have you considered what it will do to hiking?
This article examines how to harness the beast of AI to spot fake gear reviews, using some data on published reviews.
It also recommends some tools so you can spot the fakeness for yourself.
May it be ever so :)
9 NEW TRAILS!There are an abundance of newly designated trails that join a network of more than 1,300 existing national recreation trails.
Maybe you live near one of the newbies in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois to Wisconsin, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, or Wisconsin.
It's great to be a hiker with such a wealth of options, isn't it!
INSPIRING FEMALE HIKER OF THE MONTHHave you heard about Briana DeSanctis?
She’s hiking the American Discovery Trail. She started in January 2022 and still going strong. She aims to be the first woman to complete the entire coast to coast route (Delaware to California).
What I admire about her is that she makes a genuine effort to connect with the locals and give back before moving on, such as picking up trash and donating food via her Cheeseburger Challenges.
You can follow her journey via her posts on Facebook, under her trail name Rocky Mountain High.
More information on this great trail here:
GOT ITCHY FEET?Maybe you’re inspired by Briana but don’t want to hike quite that far.
The Rocky Mountain Hiking Company, owned by Carly Moree, has some upcoming trips in Rocky Mountain National Park that you might be tempted by:
NO, REALLY! GOT ITCHY FEET?It's dangerous to ask a hiker if she has itchy feet, because sometimes she really does.
INCLUSIVITY IN THE OUTDOORSAll body shapes and sizes should be welcome outdoors, right? Here's an article that introduces you to some leaders in the quest for inclusivity in the outdoors.
Wilderness Society inclusivity
And in the same vein of encouraging everyone to enjoy the outdoors, American Hiking received an award to support four volunteer trail stewardship trips on National Scenic and Historic Trails: the Iditarod National Historic Trail, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the North Country Trail and Arizona National Scenic Trails.
About the awards: “This year’s group of awardees will engage more than 8,600 participants in active, healthy outdoor recreation and in education initiatives that increase knowledge about our nation’s natural and cultural heritage.”
Heads upJust wanted you to know that I always combine the July & August editions of this little newsletter.
Hiking nearly every day is prioritized in those months (can you relate?)
Rather than send out two half hearted missives from my weary (but not AI assisted) brain, I will send you one big dose of hiking news mid-July and then go into silent mode until September.
I highly recommend you, too, hit it as hard as life allows these next few months. Embrace the bugs, the mud, the windburned lips, the sweat encrusted shirts ... wow, I'm really sellin' it!
Anyway, thanks for being a hiker, thanks for being here, thanks for all the warm hearted messages I receive. It all means more than you know :)
Happy Non-AI Trails,
Diane a.k.a. Happy Hiker
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