It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.”
– Cheryl Strayed
There’s a lot we could have chosen to say about Take a Hike Day, but we feel this excerpt from Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild: From Lost to Fond on the Pacific Crest Trail” says it all just fine.
History of Take A Hike Day
Take a Hike Day was established by the American Hiking society to encourage groups of families and friends to get out into the wild and really get a taste of what it means to be away from it all again. Hiking is something that really helps to rebuild our connection with nature, and helps to maintain healthy hearts and bodies as well. Hiking should not be an affair that one rushes through, nor should one idle their way through the journey, instead one should listen to their heart and body, and when restlessness strikes head out for the distant hills, and when weariness sets in let the body rest and take in the environment. Take A Hike Day reminds us that we are creatures of the wild as well as creatures of civilization, and sometimes it does our wild heart good to be taken home again and get out in the wild.
How to Celebrate Take A Hike Day
Seriously? It’s right there in the name! Buzz off, get out, go away, take a hike! There are a million places you could go, from your backyard to the highest peaks in far-flung and exotic locations. When you hike take note of the things around you, from the towering trees overhead to the secret and elusive critters that live in mountain streams and in distant glades. You’d be surprised just what you can find by looking under the canopy of a tree, or with a quick glance under a bush. Take A Hike Day is your chance to reconnect with the fundamentally important things in life, the fresh air, blue sky, and deep rich earth underfoot.