Well, that’s what I’m heading out to discover. AND I’m hoping you’ll help by sending me your favorite trail suggestions.
In less than two weeks from now, I’m heading out to hike the top 1-3 day hikes in all 50 states.
Why? I suppose that gets to the question of why adventure travel is such a powerful influence in my life – and hopefully yours.
Why do I need to wander and to have adventures on a regular basis? Because I think it’s who we are at our most elemental level. I believe we were born to wander. To test ourselves in the great outdoors. To be inspired by beauty. To be challenged. And sometimes, just to see what’s around the next bend in the trail.
On my travels, I’ll walk and hike, yes. But, when possible, I’ll also canoe, raft, bike, and maybe get in some snowshoeing when there’s enough snow.
My itinerary will start in Southern California in the Anza-Borrego Desert, with a possible jaunt up to Joshua Tree National Monument, before heading to hidden trails under giant Saguaro Cactus in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. After that I’ll return to my home base in Colorado for a short resupply before heading to our more southern states to catch the best hiking weather.
My goal is to have this project be an interactive one, meaning I hope you’ll get in touch and tell me about your favorite hikes, swimming holes, restaurants, brew pubs, wineries, and any neat and unique individuals you think I might enjoy meeting and sharing some adventures with.
As an example, a friend just told me of a small place in New Mexico where they think they’ve found the world’s best burrito. I hope so, because I’m going there to see if it’s true. I’ll let you know what I find. Or maybe you know of a small mountain lake that would lend itself to a cooling dip on a warm day. Or possibly you know someone with a melodic voice who just loves to croon some tunes while sitting around a campfire at night. I would love to hear your suggestions!
WANT TO BE IN MY BOOK?
I’ll be compiling all the best hikes, unique adventures, and places to eat, drink and overnight, in a book called – well, I don’t know yet. I’m hoping you’ll help me find just the right title. If you send me a suggestion for a place to hike, eat, drink or stay, and I use it in the book, you’ll be listed as a contributor, hopefully accompanied by a stunning photo of your smiling face.
FREE OUTDOOR GEAR AND CLOTHING!
Yes! It’s true! In one of my next posts I’ll let you know how you can win some fabulous gear and clothing from some of the world’s top brands. There will be a wee bit of effort involved on your part, but if your name is drawn from those who enter, I think you’ll be delighted. Stay tuned.
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS WARD? Okay, a HINT. One way you can win some great outdoor gear and clothing is to correctly identify WHERE IN THE WORLD IS WARD?, in other words the location of a photo I post from one of my hikes. It will be a challenge, but doable.
WANT TO JOIN ME ON A HIKE? Discovering America’s best day hikes is going to be fun, no question. I can’t wait to get started. BUT if you have a favorite hike you think I just have to see and you’re willing to join me, drop me a note. And if you’re a photographer or videographer and want to showcase your talents in my blog and/or book, let me know so we can arrange a hike together.
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