One of our goals for 2017 is to step up our hiking frequency. We discovered the awesomeness of getting our nature on last year, so we want to double down on how often we hit the trail. We stumbled upon #52HikeChallenge on Instagram and felt instantly inspired to join this community of hikers, who run the gambit from beginners to experts.
We did our first camping trip of the fall! Sadly, it rained for two whole days. As in we only saw the sun for maybe an hour. We knew what we were getting into when the weather predicted downpours all week, but we signed up for our campsite and committed to our romp with the outdoors. If we’re going to camp, it might as well be muddy and nasty!
We learned some important lessons during our trip. It turns out that camping is hard. Especially in bad weather. We hope these tips will help other aspiring campers that are intimidated by the wet stuff. If we can survive in the rain, so can you!
Okay, time to fess up. During our Frugal August Challenge, we brainstormed ways to travel and spend time outdoors that didn’t cost too much money. We agreed that the best way to get our nature fix is to go camping. What better way to see the country and hike our favorite trails? This would unlock so many doors to adventure, and it was frugal to boot!
Over Labor Day weekend we trekked 480 miles for a family wedding. We could have easily taken a short flight or train ride to our destination, but the cost was unbelievable. $200 per person roundtrip on Amtrak. That’s not even for business class! Instead of shelling out several Benjamins on this trip, we turned our weekend getaway into a good old-fashioned highway adventure – and we saved serious money!
As summer winds down and everyone packs up their beach towels and bathing suits, we are digging out hiking gear from our closet. Since our region is horrendously swampy in the summer, we prefer to do our hiking in the fall. No one wants to sweat through 90% humidity for 8 hours!
Last year we dipped our toes into this hiking business. We were hiking newbies (and out-of-shape newbies, at that) who were intimidated by the more challenging trails. We stuck to some local trails near our home that seemed interesting, but nothing too advanced. Naturally, we instantly caught hiking fever. We discovered that breathing some fresh air and working up a sweat is our favorite way to spend the day. It didn’t matter that we were only 20 minutes outside the city. We were surrounded by trees! Deer were just chilling a few yards away! There’s a whole natural world outside our doorstep! Just imagine what’s 100 miles away? 1,000 miles away?