From slimming your waistline to improving your heart health to boosting your mood, there’s little doubt about the benefits of walking, especially for the baby boomer generation. And when you add in the beautiful scenery and fresh air that a nature trail can offer, it’s easy to see why our state and national parks serve as such popular places for people to get their steps in.
But a walking trail at a natural park can be tricky to navigate in more ways than one as it isn’t just uneven footing or wildlife you need to watch out for. Trails come in a wide variety of length, steepness, difficulty, altitude and more and choosing the right type of trail for you is as important as pulling on the right kind of walking shoes.
That’s why we’ve put together this extensive guide that identifies the top trails for baby boomers. Each one is located in a state or national park and they are all sorted by state, distance, elevation, activity type (walking, hiking, biking, etc.) and level of difficulty, along with a brief description of each. Use this information to find a trail near you that best fits your walking needs. Submitted by KS. (Submitted to this site through my contact form.)
Jobbler of the Month October, 2017
I downloaded the Jobble app onto my phone and started picking up event work. I was focusing on 5km race events. Over the months I was very impressed with this company's work. I received my payments for the work done within 5-7 business days. They keep in touch throughout the process of being hired by the business who is hiring until they issue payment for the work done. The business that is hiring communicates very clearly.
I was so pleased to see that this company was not a scam business.
I did not realize they keep track of their "jobblers" and have employees of the month. I was very pleasantly surprised.
Wear comfortable shoes: St. Paul hosts national conference for walkers
Star Tribune St Paul
I attended this conference as part of my America Walks College Fellowship 2017.
From Atlas Obscura published July 25, 2017 by Sommer Mathis
A fun and easy guide with a few easy tricks for navigating.
Nature's best Wayfinding Secrets
This has been a tragic unfolding in the Columbia Gorge. A fire started by a young teen shooting fireworks into Eagle Creek Canyon while his friends took videos and laughed about this.
The Columbia Gorge near Cascade Locks is where PCT through hikers come to cross the Bridge of the Gods into Washington. The Gorge is where Multnomah Falls is plus many falls along the scenic Columbia Highway.
It is so close to Portland it was like our backyard. A beautiful backyard.
Change happens and it will come back but the Columbia Gorge that people have come to visit and love has been changed forever through one simple act of carelessness.
She was my companion for 17yrs. She often sat on my lap while I worked on my website. She was an indoor outdoor kitty. Her sister died 2 years prior. So her life became even more precious to me after losing Missy, her sibling.
With way too much sadness I had to have her put to sleep on Tuesday as she went into renal failure. I had a wonderful vet who was very kind to me and my kitty, Munchkin. Of course I have cried buckets of tears and am just now starting to pick myself back up and rejoin my life.
It's hard. I have these moments and I feel such sadness.
These are her last few pictures. The first one was after a day outside (her choice), the middle one was her coming out of one of her hiding places. She had so many!
The last one is her scent marking a rock in my yard.
I am grateful that she shared my life. She leaves an emptiness in my heart that only time will heal.
A great article about a couple who I know from volkswalking. From Clark County Talk
I received a contact recently and it reinforced within me that my website is not just about walking. I think it is also about connecting to the larger community of people who enjoy walking. For the people who have contacted me, I respond and take to heart the written comments.
I really enjoy learning that Girl Scouts use my site to look up information about camping and hiking. And my latest contact was from someone who is using my website to search for information about camping for the first time. I was asked to consider a link to an article about clean campsites.
I decided to put it into my blog because the website for the article is from Busy Bee Cleaning and Janitorial Services. I am trying to stick to websites that are geared towards the outdoors through walking, hiking etc... But I didn't want to not include the article because I want to encourage children to do research and explore and learn. If someone finds an article about Clean Campsites through searching the internet because he is going camping. I would be remiss not to support his effort. And I do applaud a Cleaning Service that takes the time to write an article about clean Campsites. I find that unusual and interesting.
Here is the link to the article http://www.bbcleaningservice.com/importance-of-cleaning-camp.html
Thank you Owen for the cool connection!
This is part of my first module in the America Walks College. This is my favorite type of walk stepping out my front door and walking with no goal or direction. Usually I end up walking about 8 miles and the walk evolves and I follow my heart taking this street this path until I usually get to a place and I realize that is what I was meant to see on my walk. It's the best kind of walk meandering following my heart and taking in every scent, scene, person, pet, bird etc... Just being open and present...
Maira says it well in her video.....
I am really thrilled to announce that I was awarded a 2017 fellowship to the America Walks College. I found out on April 10th. The official press release was announced on April 20th. This website and my volunteering in publicity with the Oregon Trails State Volkssport Association and being a member of the publicity committee with the American Volkssport Association helped with the application process.
I am hoping to learn the necessary skills to become a lifelong walking advocate. The course is 4 months long. I will be studying online modules, and meeting through webinars, weekly with a small group and a mentor to discuss the assignments. In September I will be attending the Walking Summit in St Paul Minnesota. In October I will have to submit a Walking Action Plan which will be a walking related project that I will put together.
If anyone is interested in becoming a walking advocate and wants to become part of the Walkability movement consider applying for the 2018 Fellowship.
I have been very impressed so far with the program and I look forward to my graduation!
I am an avid walker and hiker. My favorite is a long hike. I also enjoy taking off and going on a meandering walk for a few hours. I've hiked rim to rim in the Grand Canyon and I did 3 Burning Boot Walks on Vancouver Island.