Posts Tagged ‘national parks’

The Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is one of the most astounding trails for hikers in the world. The Appalachian Trail is approximately 2,200 miles (3,800km) long and runs continuously from the states of Georgia to Maine passing through an incredible 14 states. Any serious hiker needs to attempt to hike part if not all of this trail in their lifetime.

The Appalachian Trail was opened in 1923 and ran from Bear Mountain to Arden, New York. Although short, it was destined to grow-and grow it did. After the 1925 Appalachian Trail conference in Washington D.C. the Appalachian Trail Conservatory was founded and finally the man-power existed to start blazing and mapping trails.

hiking the appalacian trail

The Appalachian Trail has amazing views at all times of the year, particularly in fall near Mount Minsi.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

When You’re Lost in the Woods

when you're lost in the woods

Learning to use a compass and keeping track of unique landmarks such as weather equipment on a hilltop will help you identify your location if you get lost in the woods.

There are few things scarier than getting lost in the woods. Getting lost can happen to anyone at anytime even in places that are on familiar ground. Every year police and rescue agencies perform thousands of searches for missing people in the woods across North America. Most people are found safe and sound, but for others the outcome is not as happy. Getting found once you are lost in the woods is easier than it may seem at the time and there are several things you can do to help yourself be found.

Firstly, before venturing into the woods for a hike, hunt, or to play, make sure you tell someone trustworthy where you are going and what time you will be back. By letting a family member, trusted friend or neighbour aware of your plans you greatly increase the chance of being found before you even leave.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Guide to Yosemite National Park

visiting yosemite national park

The Valley at Yosemite National Park is one of the most picturesque places in the world

The United States of America has many beautiful parks. One of the largest and best known is Yosemite National Park. Yosemite covers an area of nearly 762,000 acres (3000 square kilometers) and is known for its tall granite cliffs, waterfalls, crystal clear streams, thousands of lakes, and spectacular wilderness areas. Yosemite was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984, a designation reserved for the world’s most unique and treasured places.

Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, Yosemite is a four hour drive from San Francisco and six hours from Los Angeles. The park is roughly the size of the state of Rhode Island. The elevation of the park varies from just over 2,100 feet to over 13,000 feet.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Guide to Algonquin Park

Canoeing in Algonquin Park

Algonquin Park has thousands of kilometers of canoe trails

Canada has many beautiful national and provincial parks. Among the top choices for campers is Algonquin Provincial Park.

Located in North Western Ontario near the city of North Bay, Algonquin Park is the largest of Ontario’s provincial parks at approximately 7700 square kilometers or nearly 3000 square miles. Established in 1893, it is also the oldest wildlife park in Canada and is a National Historic Site.

Algonquin Park is accessible by Highway #60 from Toronto in the south or the Trans Canada Highway #17 to the northern end of the park. The park is open year round. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson