Hiking the Appalachian Trail is no small feat, and it’s especially impressive when thru-hikers accomplish this epic trek with equipment and gear filling out their packs. Such gear might include a tent, but there are indeed lean-to shelters in place along the length of the trail, for good reason.
At Everglades National Park, there’s plenty of wildlife to worry about, from alligators and crocodiles to elusive panthers and invasive pythons. Crows and vultures might not seem like the most obvious pests, but when there’s food involved, there’s no telling what these clever critters are capable of.
Night hikes can be a great way to experience parks in a totally different environment, with even more peace and serenity than day hikes. But serenity comes to a screeching halt when you spot glowing eyes looking down at you from a canyon wall, as Jenn explains in her submission from Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction.
This confession was sent in by Lindsay King, our Solo Travel Ambassador, who reminisces about a time in Yosemite when she did a little unintentional off-roading.
It is kinda funny… being a new dad and wanting to bring your new adventure buddy to a park visitor center to show the interactive exhibits. That is the great part. The bad part is not being prepared.
My husband Matt and I were at the Grand Canyon and we decided to do what all the trendy people do at the Grand Canyon: take a selfie at the edge of it. Well, what we realize now from this experience is that the more people who do this and share their photos, the more it encourages others to try it as well, and many fail.
Somehow we meandered off trail. I didn’t say anything at first, because it looked like we were still on the trail, even though we were inching further away from it on the app. I just kept assuming it would even out and correct itself.