Take a Hike: Hitting the Trail With Authority
Spring is upon us and summer is just around the corner. That means camping season is near. One of the most popular summer activities among Americans, in 2013 camping brought in nearly $5 billion, a number that we love and want to see grow further.
Whether you’re looking for family camping, a couples’ getaway to Adirondack cabins, or any tent-ready campgrounds with hiking, New York is packed with wonderful places to explore. Before you get out there, we’re going to go over some things that’ll help you get from trail to tent and back again without needless frustration. Yes, Mother Nature is beautiful, but she’s unforgiving at times and it’s best to be prepared for some of the curveballs she might throw at you while you’re hiking, camping, and enjoying your time outdoors.
Don’t skimp on supplies
Preparing for a hiking and camping trip is no time to cut corners and costs by skimping on supplies. The tired, old adage still rings true, as loathe as we are to reiterate: “hope for the best, plan for the worst.” Your footwear and socks are incredibly important, that’s how you’re getting from place to place on terrain that’s a little more treacherous than the sidewalk. Nothing puts a damper on getaways to romantic Adirondack cabins like sore feet, twisted ankles, and angry hikers in transit. In addition, obviously, water, food, first-aid, and communication abilities are paramount in the case of a trail emergency.
You’re not alone
Sometimes human beings have the tendency to go outside and treat it like their living room. It’s most certainly not your living room on the trail. In fact, there are a great many other living things out there and their space should be respected. You’re a visitor, but look out for your safety, too. Critters rarely have the manners to ask for a snack from your pack, so store things prudently and safely.
Soak it in, leave it better
Adirondack cabins and surrounding campgrounds are popular locations year-round. This precept applies to anyone, no matter the camping style: carry in, carry out. Remember you aren’t in your living room and there aren’t people cleaning up after you. Respect the space you’ve borrowed and anything that you brought with you on the trail, you should take back. Garbage, clothing, everything. In fact, many make it a point to gather extra items that others have left behind. Nature provides a lot for us, the least we can do is leave her more beautiful than we found her.
That’s enough reading. Don’t wait and make your reservation today!