With the increase of traffic on the trails, now is a perfect time to review Leave No Trace. Leave No Trace is a set of principles that exist to protect the environmental impact people have while enjoying the beauty of nature.
Being new to hiking can be as overwhelming as it is exciting. What do you have to take? What don't you really need? After all, you can't carry everything. What are the must-have items and why? Here are some basic items that are good to include in gear for any trip. Footwear Keeping your feet... Continue Reading →
The cold and snow won't stop us from enjoying the outdoors. In fact, one of my favorite times of year to camp and/or hike is winter. No crowds, just us and nature. But before we hit the trails, we always ask: How are we going to stay warm? Proper layering plays a key role in... Continue Reading →
It's almost time for our 42.2 mile hike through Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore. This will not be our most challenging hike but it will be our longest. We've taken many things into consideration planning this trip and thought it would be a good time to reflect. Why Pictured Rocks With this being my first... Continue Reading →
April is tick awareness month! Okay, maybe I made that up. But it should be! Here in Michigan, 'tis the season. During our last camping trip to Pigeon River, we were unfortunate to have another run in with these little creatures. Michigan Ticks Michigan has three common ticks. The Black-Legged Tick or Deer Tick (Ixodes... Continue Reading →
I recently expanded my skill set to include reading topographical maps. Oddly enough, I've never learned. But when I started planning hikes that have little to no information and no established trails, I resorted to these maps for help. So what is a topographical map? A topographical map is different from any other type of... Continue Reading →