Most states have a lot of private land that is available to explore and hiking can be a great day activity for families or a perfect date idea. There are a few rules to being prepared and careful when you set out to explore unknown areas. Make sure that you take basic provisions, follow a known trail, never hike alone, and keep the distance to a minimum if you are a beginner hiker since this is an activity that’s best done with quality over quantity. Don’t forget, never drink out of a river or stream because they can be loaded with bacteria no matter how pretty and clear they are. Be aware of your hydration. In less than an hour, depending on the temperatures, you can become dehydrated and get heat stroke. Heat stroke can be life threatening. Always check out websites that give advice on hiking safety tips before heading out.
Photo courtesy of Rick Vincent and Rand Haddock.
Coyote Buttes "The Wave", Arizona