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October Good Stuff
October 26, 2020
October 2020: A Note From Diane
So glad you’ve joined me for another edition of Happy Trails :)
IT’S NOT PERSONAL - IS IT?You may have seen the video of a female cougar’s interactions with a Utah hiker.
Was the cougar “stalking” a human, or “protecting” her cubs?
Here’s a Snopes article that presents a “body language” analysis by a game mammals program coordinator. Interesting read if you hike in cougar country!
Let me know if you think she was doing "the right thing" or not.
IT IS PERSONALHow are you coping with the onslaught of hikers to your favorite trails?
It’s great to see more folks get into the sport we love, but it’s disheartening to see the trash left behind.
Here’s how communities are rallying to clean up national forests by making it personal.
SPEAKING OF NATIONAL FORESTSREI and National Forest Foundation (NFF) have entered into a partnership to plant a million trees in national forests over the next decade.
Have you ever planted trees? I did one summer in my misspent youth, and I know that it takes hard work and time.
So I recommend that you go sit under your favorite tree and ponder this: In ten years (how old will you be?), think of the new oxygen molecules we’ll have in our atmosphere!
Not to mention shade, beauty, habitats and so much more. What do trees mean to you?
FUN SOUNDS LIKE THISAre you zoning out wildlife sounds when you’re hiking or walking outdoors?
Let’s kick that question up a notch: Have you heard sounds (and can identify them) of your companions on the trail: fox, hawk, cicada, owl, or really big kitty cats?
It’s fun to practice identifying wildlife calls! This link takes you to videos to get started.
Bonus: This Treehugger site is packed with wildlife info, great for hikers of all ages. It’s a good resource for fun when you’re stuck indoors.
MASKS FOR HIKERSI found this collection of hiker themes non-medical masks to share with you.
American Hiking Masks
Your purchase can support the American Hiking Society, a national 501(c)(3) organization, as they work to protect the places you love to hike & camp.
MEET INSPIRATIONAL HIKER #1This hiker’s enthusiasm and “I can do that” attitude is inspiring!
Enjoy this interview with Dale Sanders, who set a new record for Grand Canyon hiking at age 85.
And he’s got a lot more on his bucket list.
Meet him here:
IT’S A LONG READThis article puts you into a world you’ve never been in before: ascending a sequoia. It’s all in the name of science (effects of drought) – and the lofty views.
Save it for a blustery day and a hot cup of tea.
MORE COMMUNITY GOOD NEWSAnother October example of the power of hikers joining together: Over Forty Hiker community.
We’ve got a lot going on to make the transition into a new season easier and more fun: book club, discussion of current hiking news, the start of a gear exchange, tips for finding a hiking partner.
Won’t you join us? You'll find a link at the end of this newsletter.
VESTS FOR SAFETYYou might have conjured an image of a day glow orange vest to make you visible when hiking in hunting season.
I make the argument that using a fleece or down vest as a midlayer will buy you some extra protection in cool/cold weather:
HYDRO FLASK AWARDEven if you don’t use this company’s water bottles, you’ve probably seen them on other hiker’s backpacks.
Hydro Flask is the recipient of the 2020 American Park Experience Award, recently announced.
They are being acknowledged for their Parks For All program, which gives money to “enhance the awareness and appreciation of our nation’s parks and public lands and waters”.
Read more here:
Hydro Flask Award
TECHNOLOGY: GOOD OR EVIL FOR HIKERS?This article makes the case that technology has reshaped our outdoor time for the good, and changed the way retailers reach out to us as hikers.
Examples discussed in the article: digital trip planning, tech tools to monitor and control the flow of vehicles and people in public recreation spaces, contact free pick-up at stores, personal consultations when considering gear and trips, and more.
MEET INSPIRATIONAL HIKER #2Here is the story of a Canadian woman named Dianne Whelan and her video entitled “500 Days in the Wild”.
I won’t comment on it, just share the link to her Great Trail ambitions:
October News All Wrapped UpThat's all I've got for this month. Lots more coming in November!
I appreciate you for reading this little newsletter. It's a lot of fun to pull together "stuff" and share it with you.
Take care, take time, take a deep breath, and I'll be back in November.
Happy Trails to you & yours,
Diane a.k.a. Happy Hiker
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