Sometimes it can be easy to become caught up in routine and slip into a life on autopilot. Days can get pretty stale and monotonous when you don't remind yourself to make time for the stuff that fills you up and freshens your perspective—which is exactly why we love hiking.
Stepping away from the sidewalks you've traversed time and time again and immersing yourself in a new kind of nature can be so liberating. It's a reminder of the beauty that's always out there waiting to be explored—a little taste of the peaks, ridges, waters, and treetops that somehow all coexist on this amazing planet of ours. And all we need to do to repay these landscapes for hosting us is leave them just as beautiful as how we found them.
As we slide into outdoor season, let's pledge to make our hikes a bit gentler. Here's how to do it: