Autumn has begun to set upon us turning the outdoors into a new world. Leaves are shedding their greens for hues of golds and reds. Slowly they’ll fall to the ground and temperatures will begin to drop. Fortunately, this does not signal the end of hiking season. Fall is my favorite time of year to grab the camera and head for the hills, or the desert. Here are a few tips to make the trip even more enjoyable.
* Layers are a must! Cooler mornings still lead to warm afternoons. It is important to stay comfortable. By using a polypro, fleece, and rain shell you’ll be doing fine!
* An early start will let you get the most out of your day. Sunset creeps up on us much sooner this time of year.
* Be prepared, have proper gear. Rain, snow, heat, Mother Nature can throw anything at you.
* Sun screen and sunglasses are still important, any time of year. Just because you’re not hot doesn’t mean the sun isn’t shining down on you.
* Snacks are a must! Trailmix, jerky, whatever your favorite, keeping up your energy makes for a longer hike. This includes staying hydrated.
* Be spontaneous! Nothing is better than a spur of the moment jaunt outdoors.
* Be respectful, as always, of where you’re traveling.
* Bring a friend. Lone hiking is wonderful, but sharing it can be just as joyous.