Summer Hikes

Due to what's currently happening in the world we have had to think of things to do outside the home to get fresh air but also while keeping social distancing in mind.

Taking the family on hiking trips have been awesome! We get to take in the sights, get fresh air, vitamin D and let's not forget exercise!

Here are some things we think are beneficial for you to know before heading out!

10 Summer Hiking Essentials:

* Water - plain and some with electrolyte replacement.

* Food - especially salty foods.

* First Aid Kit - bandaids, ace wrap, antiseptic, etc.

* Map - while many trails are well-marked, maps are helpful tools.

* Flashlight/Spare Batteries - allows you to hike out during the cool of the evening.

* Spray Bottle - fill with water for your own personal air conditioning system.

* Hat & Sunscreen - to keep the sun off you and protect your skin

* Umbrella - create your own shade

* Whistle - for emergency use.

* Waterproof Clothing - poncho or jacket; especially useful during rainy season

Do the following before heading out on a summer hike to beat the heat:

Check the Weather

Choose a Location with shade or at cooler temperatures

Avoid hiking during the hottest times of the day

Wear breathable loose fit clothing

Here are a few locations for hiking:

Lake Louisa State Park, Clermont, FL

Santa Rosa Island Beach Hike, Fort Pickens, FL

Little Manatee River State Park, Wimauma, FL

Ocala National Forest, Ocala, FL

Blackwater River State Forest, Milton FL

Zion National Park, UT. The Narrows

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, CA. Fern Canyon Loop Trail

Shenandoah National Park, VA

Kachemak Bay State Park, AK

Burgess Falls State Natural Area, TN

The Presidio of San Francisco, CA

Lake Tahoe, CA

Sedona, AZ

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