When the weather is nice, go hiking.

Hello Unfamous Readers! 

I just wanted to touch base and see how everyone was doing! Thankfully, the weather has been changing into a wonderful summer climate, which means being able to spend more time outside! I was chatting with my roommate this morning about summer activities and she being a great outdoorswoman, knew all the great outdoorsy things to do in the DMV area. I mentioned to her my love for hiking and how I wanted to try to do more hiking this summer (If I ever found time in the midst of my busy work schedule). She mentioned a really great website to use called http://hikingupward.com. The site is a great guide to the hiking trails in the area. It gives you reviews from other hikers, and also trail maps so you don’t get lost and know exactly where to go! I am determined to utilize this site and go hiking this summer!

My main memory from growing up hiking, the thing to always remember was to dress appropriately for the type of hiking you were going to do. My family used to hike all the time and our favorite hike was along this gully called Parish Glen, which featured several waterfalls along the way. Hiking in the water and beside it was always fun, but you had to make sure you wore shoes you didn’t mind getting wet. Usually an old pair of sneakers, sans socks, or a pair of sturdy water shoes, worked just fine! That way, you didn’t have to worry about cutting your feet on the rocks and you could walk in and out of the water as you pleased. Also, don’t forget to wear your bathing suit under your clothes, so you can also swim when reaching the swimming hole!

For a more mountainous hike, it was best to abandon the water shoes and go for more of a hiking boot with tall socks to protect your feet and ankles. It is always good to be weary of poisonous plants, but some times you do not realize what you are walking through and could potentially be stomping on poison ivy. The tall boots and socks can easily protect you from this sort of accident.

I realize this is all common “hiking” sense, but these are my two memories from hiking as a kid/teenager: dress appropriately for your hike. For water hikes I never wore a hat, because it usually got in the way or was in danger of getting wet. For a mountainous hike, hats are very appropriate. My really good friend, and hiking buddy, sports an Indian Jones style fedora when hiking. This instantly makes him feel more adventurous and badass.

Being fashion conscious, and knowing what to wear in an appropriate situation, is second nature for me, so other things to remember when hiking: Pack water, snacks (or a picnic, if you are making a day of it), small first aid kit, flash light, compass, and wear sunscreen always!

I would love to hear about your hiking adventures this summer! And if you have any hiking “hacks” or tips. Feel free to comment below!

Thanks for reading! Hopefully, I’ll have hiking adventures to write about soon!

-Sylvia

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