Opting Outside and Online in 2017

Two things you need to know about me: I crave new experiences and I’m always planning my next trip. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been bugging my friends and family to go with me to a music festival, plan a day trip down the shore, or book a vacation to somewhere new. When I was 12, I went to Europe on my own to take part in a two week ambassador program. I haven’t slowed down since then.

Although I’ve had the travel bug for quite some time, it wasn’t until a recent trip to Arizona that I discovered my passion for hiking. It’s hard to think of a better place to fall head over heels in love with the great outdoors. While staying in Sedona, my family and I braved the August heat to explore the breathtaking red rocks, and made the trip to see the famed Grand Canyon. Soon after arriving at the historic national park, I was dreaming of seeing the other 58 parks in my lifetime.

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Since then, I’ve made it a point to add hiking to my list of things to do on every vacation. As I anxiously anticipate each trip, I comb the internet to scope out all the best trails (and photo ops) nearby. However, I’ve noticed that there aren’t many resources available for casual hikers and beginners like myself. As a result, I’m often left in the dark until I get to a location and can ask a local about the best hiking spots for someone at my level.

I created this blog to share my experiences and insights with newbie hikers like myself who are looking to get outside, have fun, and explore more. I look forward to writing about day hikes located close to home in the tri-state area, as well as more exotic locations cross-country and overseas whenever I get the chance. Exploring is in my blood, and writing has long been my favorite form of therapy. In 2017, I’ve made it my mission to do more of both.

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