Hiking Heaven!

27 Jun


Mother Nature's Beauty!

I wanted a break.  A little get away.   I like to be active.  So with some planning, I decided to spend a weekend hiking.  But since I was searching for a little reflective time, I though about hiking with a bit of a spin.  Something new and different.  After a little research, I learned that my home state of North Carolina, had waterfall hikes.  Lots of them.  That sounded just about perfect!

Water in most every culture represents life.  Health.  Strength.  Power.   Water is one of the four classic elements, along with earth, fire and air.  So I incorporated water as a major element into my hiking trip.  Waterfalls are beautiful, natural and majestic.  Mother Nature at her best!  It is June, so the idea of escaping the humidity of the piedmont for the cool crisp air of the mountains was too much to resist.  So up to the mountains I went.

Planning a hike is key.  Plan the hike, grab a good hiking buddy, and pack some nutrient dense foods.  What is good portable foods for a hike?  Let me tell you about the food that I put in my backpack.

  • Apples
  • Apple cutter
  • Peanut butter
  • Granola
  • Water
  • Grapes
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Mixed Nuts
I used portable food.  The grapes are hydrating, the nuts and peanut butter have protein, apples have beneficial fiber, and crackers provide a little crunch.  These foods provide energy.  The bottled water is really important too.  Hiking is strenuous and its important to replenish the body with water.  Although I prefer water, a sports drink is also a good choice.  Let me tell you, after some time on the trail in pursuit of a waterfall, grapes never tasted so good!
I had a solid hiking partner with me, which is another key to a good hike.  When hiking, you want to be with someone who has the same “energy level” if you will, that you do.  Pace is important when hiking.  You don’t want to start a 4 mile hike at 2 in the afternoon if the pace of your hike will be leisurely.  When hiking in the mountains like I was, consider the incline.  It was steep.  Hiking with a partner to share the scenery with is wonderful.  So pack the camera since you have some one to snap some pictures of you in beautiful locations!
Take a break.  Recharge your batteries.   Grab a buddy and go!  Decide what you want to do.  Pick an energetic activity.  Do a little research.  Pack up some great portable food.  Enjoy Mother Nature.  Take some great pictures and have a ball!



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