Take a Hike Day!

Take a Hike Day!

By Rene Stroud, PCCB Naturalist
Thursday, November 17th is Take a Hike Day! As the weather turns colder our thoughts tend to linger indoors but there are so many reasons to go outside and take a hike. 

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Anytime is a good time for a hike! The key is to know how to dress.  When you have decided you will be going on an outdoor adventures it is worth your while to prepare a bit before embarking on your voyage. We have created this checklist to help make your preparations easier.
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  • Check the weather
  • Dress for the weather (This may sound easy but there is a lot to it. Check out this infographic to see how to dress. Remember, that layers are a lifesaver and when you start to sweat, that is the time to shed a layer. When hiking outdoors it is important to try to reduce the amount that you sweat.) 
  • Bring a backpack
  • Pack a few snacks (especially, high fat and high protein items)
  • Pack water bottles
  • Pack a small first aid kit
  • Fully charged phone/camera
  • Compass or GPS or Phone
  • Map of the trails. Visit pottcounty.com for county properties like Hitchcock Nature Center, Arrowhead Park, or Botna Bend Park
  • Bring a flashlight (just in case you want to stay and star watch or call owls for a while)
  • Optional: a collapsible bowl (It sounds strange but there are many uses—water a thirsty k-9, play sink/float with items you find, scoop in a pond to see what is there, play duplication game with kids (you find a few items-show them for a second then put it back in the bowl so they cannot see it and challenge them to find the same item around them, collect some beautiful leaves you found) See what I mean! A ton of uses!
  • Lastly, bring a sense of adventure, no real plans or destinations, and a strong determination to play!
Your county parks have wonderful places to hike! Wonder through the 12 miles of trails in Hitchcock Nature Center, play hide and go seek with Arrowhead Lake as you venture through Arrowhead Park, examine the unique adaptations of animals in winter at Botna Bend Park then wind your way up river and play in the prairie.