by Diane Spicer
What does an old fashioned term like "outdoor lore" have to do with hiking?
Hmmmm... some women like to hike strictly for the fresh air and exercise. Getting up and down the trail at warp speed is what it's all about, in order to gain the maximum workout.
And sometimes it's about hiking for weight loss.
Others enjoy the social aspect of shared time on the trail.
Or sometimes it feels good just to go solo to soak up some solitude.
No matter which type of hiker you are, you will be bumping into (sometimes literally) an amazing variety of
And sometimes, these natural features of your hiking terrain have a message for you that can impact your hiking trip.
And then there are hikers like me, who just like to know the names of things.
I've had a lot of fun showing newbie hikers where to find edible plants, or how to figure out what fox tracks on a river bank mean. I'm self taught, and you can be, too.
For general purposes, here's a list of hiking field guides you can use to get started.
Follow the links below for specific outdoor knowledge resources to help you gain familiarity with everything that you'll encounter on your hikes.
Make it a game!
Learn one new thing every hike you take, and if you want to go all-in nerdy, keep a trail journal with photos, sketches, diagrams and pressed flowers and leaves.
Enjoy these links as you learn more about the natural world surrounding you on every hike, in all seasons of the year.
I'm always adding to hiking resources for you...'cuz that's what I love to do.