A Day at Zion National Park

We went to two national park’s for my honeymoon….one was the Grand Canyon, and the other was Zion National Park.

We had an amazing time, and I still can’t get over how breathtaking Zion National Park is.

We flew into Las Vegas, Nevada and picked up our rental car and we were off….

The drive to Zion National Park was beautiful on it’s own, but when you drive into the park, it is simply mesmerizing.

There are numerous little trails and day hikes that you can go on and we couldn’t have picked a better time of year.  We went in the beginning of March.  There were not very many people in the park and it was a tad chilly, but it felt great when hiking on the trails.

We stayed at an awesome hotel and spa….the name is Flanigan’s Inn….here is the link http://www.flanigans.com/

Such an amazing place to stay with unbelievable views when you wake up.  They have there own little trail up to an incredible meditation place.

The Zion Lodge is a fantastic place to get breakfast in the morning before starting out on your hike.

Easy Trails (3 miles or less):

Canyon Overlook, Emerald Pools, Grotto Trail, Kayenta Trail, Pa’Rus Trail, Riverside Walk, Watchman Trial, Weeking Rock

Moderate Trails (6.5 miles or less)

Pine Creek Waterfall, Sand Bench Loop, Taylor Creek Trails-South, Taylor Creek Trail-Middle Fork, Taylor Creek Trail-North

If you ever have the chance, I guarantee you that you will not be disappointed with Zion National Park.

 

Physical Problems that can Arise When Hiking in our National Forests

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While hiking in our National Forests can be quite exhilarating, there are a number of physical issues that can occur.  Let’s go over some of these unfortunate occurrences.

 

Blisters

 Having a well-fitting, comfortable shoe is very important when embarking on a day of hiking.  If your shoes do not fit, then you can develop swelling and potentially blisters on your feet.  You always must remember that for every minute you spend on the trail going up the mountain, you will have an equal amount of time going down.  If you develop a blister on the way up, the return can be disastrous.  In addition to a good shoe, make sure you are wearing a thick sock.  A thick sock can help prevent the development of blisters as well.

 

Hemorrhoids

If you are already prone to having hemorrhoid problems, then hiking for long distances can irritate that problem.  The constant movement and irritation can become quite bothersome and may even make completing your hike unbearable.  Make sure you are taking Venapro to help alleviate your hemorrhoid issues.

 

Dehydration

 Having plenty of fluids to drink on your hike is imperative.  If you do not drink enough water or other fluids you can quickly become dehydrated.  This can pose a number of problems and inhibit your ability to continue on your hike.  Always double the amount you think that you will need to be safe.

Disorientation

Disorientation can occur when you are out on a hike.  You can get turned around when switching trails etc.  Always be sure you have a compass on hand to make sure you do not get lost.  In addition, make sure you advise someone who is not going on the hike with you of your plans.  Be sure to include  your planned route, destination and if possible your timeline.

 

This will help to ensure a safe hike and that you will return unscathed.

 

 

The Top 3 Extreme Sports To Do in National Forests

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Just because you’re outdoors in one of our beautiful country’s amazing National Forests where time seems to slow and the serenity takes every worry you once felt before, doesn’t mean that you can’t also have a little heart pounding fun as well.

 

Since man has roamed this earth we have seen our forests as a place to escape the norm and experience another side of what life has to offer.

 

Ultimately the list of so called “extreme sports” can be endless as it’s ever expanding with new sports being created and old sports being reimagined each day. Most of which offer a far better experience when done in the wilderness amonghts our forests.

 

Here though, are the top 3 extreme sports or activities to do in our national forests:

 

#1 Rock Climbing

Since the late 1880’s rock climbing has officially been considered a sport in England after  Walter Parry Haskett Smith climbed solo up  the Great Gable in England. As it was well publicised it attracted a number of participants to the challenge.

 

Since then the sport now attracts thousands of people around the world to endlessly find more challenging places to test their skill. Some of the best places may be found in our national forests.

 

In particular, taller people often have an added advantage in rock climbing as they have an extended reach over those who aren’t as tall.

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#2 Downhill Mountain Biking

Downhill mountain bike riding is most often done on rough and steep downhill descents that may be found in our national forests. From Australia to Venezuela this extreme sport has been growing steadily since it’s conception in the mid-1970’s.

 

#3 Off Road 4×4

Depending on the state laws of which the national forest is in, you may be able to go 4×4 driving on approved tracks. Off road 4×4 driving is a great way to have a heart racing adventure with the whole family as it allows passengers the same thrill.

 

Whatever extreme activities you take part in in our national forests, always be sure to take the correct supplies with you in case of emergency. Also always remember to tell a friend or family member where you’re going before you leave. Safety first people!

 

if you want to read more about anything we mentioned in this article the below links are a good place to start;

 

Growth Factor Plus Supplement – http://www.growthfactorplusreviewed.com/

The history of Rock climbing – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_rock_climbing

What to Bring on a Dayhike to a National Forest

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If you are planning a dayhike to a National Forest, what essentials should you bring

along with you for the day?

Here are some of the basics:

1. Daypack- chose a well fitting bag that has enough room for your gear but isn’t

too big and heavy. You want lots of adjustable straps and places to hook extra

gear like coats and water bottles.

2. Hiking boots or shoes- make sure they fit you properly and if its your first trip

out don’t make it a long day, you need time to break them in. Plenty of hikes

have been ruined by blisters and sore feet so take the time to choose the right

foot wear. Its not a bad idea to bring along a few blister bandages or extra

socks in case you do start having some foot issues.

3. Wear layers- its hard to predict the weather and you want to be able to adjust

your clothing up and down as you get hotter or cooler. T-shirts under fleece

jackets and a separate wind breaker over top are a great way to keep you at

the right temperature. Temperature can change at different elevations or as

you are exerting yourself more. Being prepared to be colder than you expect

can prevent an uncomfortable trip.

4. Food- meal replacement bars, trail mix, fruit and protein drinks like Myotein

protein powder are light weight and will give you the essential nutrients, as

well as the protein your system is going to need, in order to get you through a

lengthy and tough hike. Protein is essential to keep your system operating as it

should; especially when you are going to be burning plenty of calories and are

going to be out in tough conditions and extreme temperatures for the day.

5. Water- bring more than you think you will need. Even though water is

probably the heaviest item you will need to pack, its really essential. A camel

pack is a good way to distribute the weight and make it more portable. You

might also consider bringing along a portable water filter in case of

emergency.

Enjoy your day hike in the national forest, it’s a really rewarding way to spend a day,

get back to nature and get some fresh air!

Sources:

http://proteinisolatepowderreviews.com

http://www.defymaturity.com/7-terrific-tips-for-planning-a-day-hike

10 tips for hiking alone in National Forests

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1. Tell someone where you plan to hike and when you expect to return. The

best people to tell are family or a good friend.

2. It is a good idea to also leave a plan of your trip in your car. Leave it out

in a visible place where someone can see it if needed.

3. Make sure you take enough water and food with you. I also take some

Alpha Brain with me too, just in case I need to keep my wits about me.

4. Take the appropriate clothing and gear for the weather. There is nothing

worse than not having enough warm clothes if it turns cold.

5. You never know when a pocketknife may come in handy. I could be used

to cut a few twigs and light branches if you need to build a shelter.

6. I believe a compass and map is always essential, even if you have a GPS.

If you forget to pack batteries and they fail you will be glad of them.

7. Bear repellant spray is always in my pack. If you accidently wander across

their path and get into a sticky situation it certainly will be worth carrying.

8. A first aid kit is essential, accidents happen when you least expect it. Even

a nasty scratch is better attended to than left open to the dust and dirt.

9. Carrying matches or lighter will be a lifesaver if you need to build a signal

fire. A fire will also keep you warm from the cool night air.

10. It is also wise to carry a flashlight, small signaling mirror and a whistle

just in case you need them. You will be glad you packed them if you do

get lost.

Some bonus tips for if you do get lost

If you find you are lost the best thing to do is to stay calm and stay where you

are. Do not attempt to walk in the dark.

Find a spot that is on high ground and in the open. Build a shelter if did not bring

a tent and build a signal fire and keep it attended.

If you have a whistle blow it regularly and put on any bright clothing you might

have on.

Make three piles of anything you can find, leaves, stones; it is the international

sign for distress in the wilderness.

Sources

http://brainsupplementreview.net/

http://offgridsurvival.com/hikingsafetytips/

 

Protect the Wildlife

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The wildlife in our national forests are so important to the health of the forest. They are such an essential part of the eco system that forests can not thrives without them. When we are visiting our national forests it is up to us to protect and respect the wildlife there.

Protecting the wildlife means following the rules put in place by the parks.

So here are the essential rules for protecting our wildlife and keeping our parks beautiful.

  1. All food and anything with a scent must be in a sealed container.

This includes: garbage, recyclables, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, sunscreen, first-aid kits, baby wipes, lotion, hairspray, scented tissue, air freshener, pet food, insect repellent, tobacco products, baby car-seats, and window cleaner. Bears recognize ice chests, cans, bottles, and grocery bags, so store them also.

There was a story recently about a bear who got into some visitors packs and got very sick because he ate an entire bottle of Venorex, a varicose vein treatment. So smell it, if there is a scent you need to put it in a hard, airtight container or don’t bring it at all.

  1. How to properly store your items if you are camping

Use a metal storage containers with a lock. Make sure all your scented items are in this box, especially if you are camping overnight.

If you can’t get a metal box use an ice chest, but seal your items in airtight containers then store them in the trunk of your car and lock it.

If your trunk has windows make sure you cover the ice chest with a blanket or other items. Believe it or not bears recognize ice chests and will do anything it takes to get into them.

Make sure you dispose of trash properly.

Never leave your campsite with unattended food.

  1. If you are hiking

Make sure all of your items are sealed in airtight containers in your bag. Have a specific airtight container for trash and NEVER EVER leave trash on the trail.

Don’t ever leave your backpack unattended. Bears knows backpacks have food.

  1. If you see wild life

Never approach wildlife, no matter what size. Remember the babies have protective mamas nearby. If you believe an animal is hurt then call the park ranger and do not approach it.

Keep yourself safe and the wildlife.

Even if you follow all of these rules there is still the chance of encountering dangerous wildlife. So always use caution.

The History of our National Forests

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According to Wikipedia, the United States has 154 protected areas consider to be National Forests.  These National Forests cover approximately 188,391,233 acres.  Our National Forests are managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

The United States has at least one National Forest is all but ten states. Not surprising, Alaska has the most national forest land, nearly 22 million acres.

Each of the National Forests are unique in some way and has amazing beauty.  One thing that we must understand is that we need to make sure we keep our National Forests clean.  Far too often you go to a National Forest and you will see a plastic bottle, glass jar of Naturaful or a plastic wrapper on the ground.  This has got to stop.  We have to make sure that these forests stay beautiful for many years to come.  It is up to us to keep these lands clean for the many generations yet to come.

Resources:  mynaturafulreview.net