Mindfulness On The Trails

Practice Mindfulness on Your Next Hike
“We all deserve to have more peace in our lives, and I truly believe nature and hiking can bring that to us.”
Last month co-founder Karla shared her top tips on practicing mindfulness on the trails presented by Aftershokz.

Hiking Tips

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  • Check the weather.
  • Select a trail and distance that matches your ability.
  • Dress in a couple layers. Even if it’s hot have extra layers available, in the event you get lost and delayed in returning the temps may drop as it nears nightfall.
  • Pay attention to landmarks on the trail.
  • Apply Sunscreen 30 minutes before you get on the trails, every 80 minutes thereafter. Lip balm with SPF is a must as well.
  • Water and Electrolytes. Hydrating days prior to a big hike can help to minimize dehydration. You should always carry 2-3 liters and extra in the heat. Hydrate after the hike with electrolytes too.
  • Wear a hat to help keep your head cool and protect you from direct sunlight.
  • Hike early morning or evening – or go for a night hike on the next full moon!
  • Recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. WebMD.
  • Don’t cross water if it’s above your knees. If you do, find a natural bridge or cross facing upstream while shuffling your feet.
  • Tips for hiking in bear country.
  • Hike at a fitness level that’s at a level for your least fit or experienced person if hiking in  a group.
  • Learn how to read a map (if you don’t already know how).
  • Use a compass.
  • Stay on the trails.
  • wear appropriate clothing. Shoes should fit comfortably and be broken in already.
  • In the backpack (depending on experience, length and difficulty of hike); bug spray, water, nutrient dense snacks, sunscreen, lip balm, extra socks, wet socks suck and holes can cause blistering, hat (unless you are wearing one), first aid supplies, map, compass, fully-charged cell phone and GPS, poncho, plastic storage zipper bags, dry bags, tarp, whistle, knife or multi-purpose tool, flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries in them. All that being said, don’t take a bunch of extra stuff. That will only weigh you down, slow you down and fatigue you. Take essential hiking provisions.
  • Add to your kit a small fire starter kit in case of stranding (being lost) overnight or cold weather emergencies only. Make sure you know how to start a fire without starting a forest/wooded trail fire. Forest fires can spread extremely fast. And even more so in some areas where weather conditions cause high risk factors for fire. Please please please know what your doing with your fire kit, in advance of your hike!
  • Learn about poisonous plants indigenous to your area.
  • Learn about the wildlife indigenous to your area.
  • Know your locations hunting seasons🥺 You don’t want to get mistaken for a target 😧
  • Make stops along the way. Set your pack down, drink some water and give your muscles a rest.
  • Make sure someone at home knows the trail route you’re taking.
  •  If it’s raining, remember to use caution, even leaves can be slick.
  • Know your poison ivy!

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The 10 Hiking Backpack Essentials
Navigation
Sun Protection
Insulation
Illumination
First-Aid Supplies
Fire
Repair Kit and Tools
Nutrition
Hydration
Emergency Shelter

 

 

Resources: If you aren’t familiar with the details of each of the ten categories of the 10 Essentials, we recommend reading our Guide to the 10 Essentials.

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Wild Animal Safety Tips: How to Stay Safe When Encountering Wildlife

 

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Don’t let the rain stop you from hiking!

Here are some tips to make sure you stay safe…

  • Choose the Right Trail – Pick a shorter hike that will take a few hours rather than all-day. Make sure you read up on the trail beforehand to see if there are creeks or slippery sections that are prone to flooding.
  • Wear the Right Clothing – Make sure your jacket is waterproof. You want to stay dry from the rain but also have a material that wicks away sweat.
  • Bring the Right Gear – Invest in a rain cover for your backpack. You can also use dry bags or ziploc bags to keep your gear dry inside your pack.
  • Bring the Right Snacks – You most likely won’t stop for a picnic so pick grab-and-go snacks like nuts and granola bars. Consider a thermos if it’s cold.
  • Have the Right Attitude – Learn to love the rain – the trails will probably be less crowded and if you’re adequately prepared, you’ll soon love it!

 

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Hike Like A Girl Weekend 2019

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Get Out on the Trail May 4-5 for Hike Like A Girl Weekend 2019
Invite your friends and family out for a hike and share your experience on social media using #HikeLAG2019 or #HikeLikeAGirl2019 for a chance to win gear. Any trail, anywhere. Find a trail and hike. It’s that simple.  
We have a super busy weekend the 4th & 5th. But I think we can squeeze in a short Sunday morning hike before the energy healing, just need to head somewhere close. Fingers crossed we can fit it in 🤞

The While We’re Here Bucket List

We added and updated the list!!

We just moved from Virginia Beach, VA to the Jersey Shore this past December. My blog turned into a ghost town since the move and all while I was trying to revamp the blog . But we’ve been super busy moving, unpacking, 2 sick furbabies and just settling in and dealing with the winter blues for the first time in a long long time. But finally spring is starting to creep in and our kitties are feeling better so I thought it was time to dust off the blog and get back at it!

We will be here in New Jersy about 3 years sooooo we started making our New Jersey Bucket List!! We want to make the most out of the time we have here with as many adventures in NJ, New York and even the Philadelphia area of PA that we can.

Visit New Jersey

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Lot’s of hiking! New Jersey has quite a few great areas for hiking. Looking forward to autumn hikes the most and hope to get in some of the Appalachian trail (think, Stairway to Heaven)!! The Appalachian Trail is gorgeous during the autumn months! Top 10 Hikes In New Jersey If you are into hiking, High Point State Park supposedly has nice loop hikes incorporating the AT trail through it. Plus it is the highest point in NJ which means some beautiful views during the fall season!

Beach hop. We want to spend time all along the Jersey Shore and maybe a bit up into New York checking out the different beaches and beach towns! We’ve kind of started as you’ve seen by some of my last blogs. Of course it’s been way too cold to get in real beach/ocean time or to see how crazy crowded the Jersey Shore beaches can get during tourist season. All 44 beaches in New Jersey, ranked worst to best

Daily fitness/nutrition goals. Can we say, slackers?? Between the move and my hubby traveling for work our nutrition and fitness has kind of gone down the toilet so to speak. So now it’s time to get our act together. This will include lots of hiking, yoga, and Les Mills programs. This much we figured out before the move, the combo of these three things WORKS to add strength while making us lean and fit. My hubs will add a bit of running in there because it’s required for his job but I decided I prefer race walking and hiking. I’m a faster walker than runner and I enjoy it so much more! But of course no amount of exercise matters if nutrition sucks. Our plan is Vegetarian/Flexitarian Mediterranean nutrition plan. 30 day free trial Les Mills On Demand: sign up for a new LES MILLS On Demand subscription. On that page click the green text “Redeem Promo Code”, paste the code in and click apply. Your code is: supinesubstance57
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See Hamilton on Broadway! Yes, it’s expensive, and yes we will get the least expensive we can get lol, but it’s something we both want to experience. And maybe a few others too like Cats and Phantom. Broadway.com

Photograph a walking tour of New York city. I want to soak up as much of the city as we can. I’ve always been a city girl and could see myself living there. But this city girl is married to a suburban kind of guy. And I agree in part because I can’t wait to have a garden and a yard for our future dog to play in!! New York City: The Official Guide

Yankees game(s)!! I LOVE baseball and the hubs is ok with it (he’s not a big sports guy). I’ve been a Yankees fan since I was little, even while growing up in Ohio near Indians (I wish they’d change the name already) stadium and going to Indians games. So we gotta go, even if I’m in the bleachers or nose bleed seats! MLB New York Yankees

 

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Bronx Zoo…As I get more and more into the issues animals face, while wishing they could thrive in the wild, let’s face it we are eating up and destroying all the wild spaces! Most of my adult life I’ve been anti zoo and anti captivity. And while that still stands true for the most part. I can also be honest enough to admit we at times are fighting a losing battle to keep the animals safe and safe from extinction. One day zoos may be the only real safe zones for them. So I am a zoo advocate while still being a harsh critic of zoos. They need to do more, they need to actually keep them safe and not exploit them. They need to help the species to survive and thrive and not just for profit or human amusement. So we like to visit zoos to see how they rate as far as concern for their residents. *The Bronx Zoo opened November 8, 1899. The Bronx Zoo is a zoo located within Bronx Park in the Bronx, a borough of New York City. It is one of the largest zoos in the United States by area, comprising 265 acres (107 ha) of park lands and naturalistic habitats separated by the Bronx River. On average, the zoo has 2.15 million visitors each year. The Bronx Zoo is world-renowned for its large and diverse animal collection, and its award-winning exhibitions.[5] The zoo is part of an integrated system of four zoos and one aquarium managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and it is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).[6] Bronx Zoo: Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Bed & Breakfast at Christmas in Cape May. Cape May New Jersey is a little bit magical during the holidays. The little coastal town is lit up with holiday cheer and touches of old fashioned Christmases gone by. Since they have so many century type homes still standing and still taking in guests and residents Christmas touches are just a little extra in the sweet town. Filled with small shops, confections and collectibles it’s the perfect place to welcome the season! I fell in love with Cape May when we first arrived here in December. We went down for trolley rides; one was an old fashioned Christmas ghost story while riding the streets of the town, one was an actual guided tour of the homes  and bed and breakfasts as we were told the rich history of the town. All the homes and B&B’s were decorated with lights and trimmings for the trolley tours. A must see if you’re ever in the area! Cape May

See the Battleship New Jersey. Historical site. USS New Jersey (BB 62) Wikipedia Battleship New Jersey

Visit Atlantic City & The Boardwalk. We already did a bit of this the past week. We wandered the boardwalk and the beach, drove around the city and visited a great little eatery, The Enlightened Cafe which is also a great community outreach. We have tickets to see Piff The Magic Dragon this weekend in Atlantic City. The area tends to pull in loads of great entertainment throughout the year. Atlantic City is mostly known for gambling but neither my hubs or I tare into that.  Atlantic City NJ

 

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Make snow angels! We haven’t seen a lot of snow during our 10 years living in Virginia and when we did we did it didn’t last long. It’s been a long time since I’ve made a snow angel and I plan to make them often during the winter months here. And speaking of snow, maybe some sledding and other winter sport activities while we’re this far north!

Six Flags Great Adventure. We already have season passes. One of the biggest pluses to being in New Jersey is that we are near Keith’s family! We plan many a visit with the fam to Six Flags while we’re here since it’s one of their “go to” spots with our niece and nephew! Added bonus is that we live super close!! Six Flags Great Adventure

Ellis Island & The Statue Of Liberty. This is simply one of those things you just need to see if you’re in or near New York City. History! Ellis Island

Explore Philadelphia! This city is another that’s rich with history. I regret in the entire 10 years we spent in Virginia we never took a trip to Washington DC to soak up all the history. So we don’t plan on skipping that with Philly! The 10 Most Essential Things to Do on Your (First) Visit to Philly

Dig For Herkimer Diamonds!! You can prospect for your own Herkimer Diamonds in Herkimer NY! “Herkimer Diamonds are high vibration crystals, that boost clairvoyant and clairaudient abilities. There’s even a KOA camping resort you can bunker down at! Can’t wait to get my hands dirty!!

Popcorn Park Zoo, speaking of zoos. Popcorn Park Zoo is a small 7-acre zoo. According to the Associated Humane Societies, the zoo is “a sanctuary for abandoned, injured, ill, exploited, abused or elderly wildlife, exotic and farm animals, and birds.”  This is someplace special and I want to celebrate that! Popcorn Park

 

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Paranormal Museum Asbury Park??? Unexplained phenomena, legends, folklore, myths, or are they?? The Paranormal Museum is a storefront and museum, in the tradition of “Roadside America” days gone by attractions. It houses a collection of historical and educational exhibits and just sounds like a heck of a lot of fun! I’m up for the macabre!! Paranormal Museum Asbury Park

Seashell Museum, because beach, sea, shells. I’m all about all things beachy and ocean related so this sounds like a great little day trip!! The Discovery Seashell Museum

Morey’s Piers & Wildwood. Morey’s Piers is a 6-block beachfront amusement park featuring 100+ rides & attractions including seasonal water parks. And Wildwood NJ has some great beachfront to explore and enjoy some sunshine at!!

Grounds For Sculpture. For my artistic side this place looks gorgeous to visit!! Grounds For Sculpture is a 42 acre sculpture park and art museum!

Cape May Lighthouse Full Moon Climb A great fitness challenge doing something you know you’d like to do anyway, that’s the way I see it anyway lol. Lighthouse Full Moon Climb

Off Roading The Pine Barrens, yikes! Rattlesnakes, frogs and a whole lotta swamp! But, we have a jeep so we can adventure!!

Rock Climbing. This is uncharted activity for hubs and me. I’ve talked about it and repelling often as something I want to try out. So time to strengthen up our arms and legs and dig in! These are the most popular places for rock climbing in N.J.

 

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My not so little list keeps growing. I started this blog post before we moved, that was in November and when I opened the draft I had to edit in so much more we’ve found to see and do. So many parks and hikes we are super excited about! So many beaches to explore! Now we’re in search of the lesser known out of the way gems that only locals know about. So this list WILL be added to on the blog and as we do them, I want to cross them off the list to see how much we accomplish!!

<We’ve been honest that this wasn’t the easiest move. We called Virginia Beach VA home for 10 years of our 11 years together and all of our married life together. So Virginia Beach was home to us. But being in New Jersey has so many high points we can’t not be excited. Especially with family being here. I started this list to get myself ready for new adventures and discoveries and I know we’re gonna make a lot of memories and have a lot of fun!

 

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If you are in the New Jersey/Philladelphia/New York area and have a fabulous sight you think we should check out or activity we may want to dive into, leave me some info in the comments and it may get added to this list!

*Italics: Wikipedia

 

 

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