1. A Note From Margo: National Trails Day
In tribute to National Trails Day this month, here are some famous trails you can visit this summer.
Hoh River Trail, Olympic National Park, Washington
Round-Trip: 6.2 miles
When to Go: Year-round
Hoh Rain Forest on the west side of Olympic National Park preserves one
of the finest temperate rain forests in the U.S., a place that gets up
to 14 feet of rain a year.
Though it parallels and flirts with the Hoh River, this
mostly level trail remains mainly beneath the canopy of massive trees.
Root Glacier Trail, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska
Round-Trip: 4 miles
When to Go: Summer
visit to Wrangell-St. Elias can be challenging. There are only two roads
that go into the park, the Nabesna Road and McCarthy Road. Each of
these roads are un-paved gravel roads. However, a journey down them
leads you deep into the wilderness.
The primary season for visiting Wrangell-St. Elias is
early June through mid-September. Winter arrives early to interior
Alaska and by September 15th, available services and facilities are few.
There is usually snow on the ground by the end of September.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve has no entrance stations
or gates, and never actually closes.
Grand Teton National Park, Cascade Canyon Trail to Lake Solitude, Wyoming
Round-Trip: 14.4 miles
When to Go: Summer and fall
Save two miles of hiking by taking the shuttle boat across Jenny Lake and begin your hike from the west shore.
The magnificence of Grand Teton National Park is in full
display when you hike west from Jenny Lake up Cascade Canyon. A half
mile into the hike is Hidden Falls; a half mile later is Inspiration
Point and a wonderful view down to Jenny Lake and the mountains that
frame Jackson Hole.
Highline Trail, Glacier National Park, Montana
One-Way: 11.5 miles
When to Go: Summer
fabled Highline Trail from Logan Pass Visitor Center to the Loop
embodies all the wild, treeless glory of the park’s high country—soaring
peaks and ostentatious wildflowers, plus the possibility of spotting
mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and bears.
Although the hike follows the course of the Continental
Divide, it’s surprisingly easy—mainly because it remains a merciful
2,000 feet beneath the Divide’s serrated summits (and, thanks to the
park shuttle, you don’t have to retrace your steps).
Get all the details and directions to all the trails from National Geographic HERE.
Download the National Parks iOS app HERE.
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2. RV Lifestyle: How to Pick the Right Hiking Shoe
Types of Hiking Boots
boots—and even shoes—straddle the range between light hiking, hiking
and backpacking. Your hiking ambitions determine what footwear works
best. If you routinely carry light loads, you should consider lighter
Low-cut models with flexible midsoles are excellent for day hiking.
Many ultralight backpackers may even choose trail-running shoes for
Hiking boots: These range from mid- or high-cut
models intended for day hikes or weekend backpacking trips with light
loads. They often flex easily and require little break-in time, but they
lack the support and durability of stout backpacking boots.
Backpacking boots: These are designed to carry
heavier loads on multiday trips deep into the backcountry. Most have a
high cut that wraps above the ankles for excellent support. Durable and
supportive, with stiffer midsoles than lighter footwear, they are
suitable for on- or off-trail travel.
Mountaineering boots: These weightier boots with
stiff midsoles are designed to a) accommodate heavy loads and b) accept
crampons for glacier travel. Mountaineering boots are tough, supportive
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3. RVing Nugget: Extreme Day Hikes
"The Extreme Day Hike"
according to DayHiker.com is one that consumes most of the day in a
challenging adventure in a spectacular natural setting. Most of
the "extreme" hikes described on this site will have an elevation gain
of 4000 feet +, 14 miles round trip, and on a trail.
MSN.com has a wonderful article on the World’s Longest and Most Extreme Hiking Trails. Are you up for this?
From a slippery Sierra catwalk to a treacherous Hawaiian paradise, Backpacker.com names this country’s 10 most hazardous hikes. This site breaks down the dangers and provides local info for conquering each route.
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1> With an average rainfall of 9.5 inches per year, which state is the driest state in the U.S.?
2> Crowned in Atlantic City in 1994, from what state was Heather Whitestone, the first deaf "Miss America"?
3> Which state is also known as the "Old Line State" or the "Free State"?
a. New Hampshire
d. New York
4> Chances are that you know that the capital of Montana is Helena, but do you know what Montana's largest city is?
b. Great Falls
Before the American Civil War, how many Southern states declared their
secession and formed the Confederate States of America?
Answers to the May 25 eZine Quiz:
1> Montana - Alaska is the largest state in total area.
2> Wyoming - Yellowstone National Park was established on March 1, 1872.
3> West Virginia - The tax went into effect on July 1 of 1921.
4> Pierre and Paul Mallet - Pierre and Paul were born in Montreal, Canada.
5> Cleveland, Ohio - The first traffic lights ever to be used were in London.
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