ivasays.comExploring the Highest Point in New Jersey: High Point State Park •Iva SaysHigh Point State Park in Sussex County, New Jersey is a must visit. It's known for the High Point Monument, being the highest point in the state of New Jersey, breathtaking views of three states with their rivers, lakes, and mountains, the Appalachian Trail that runs from Maine to Georgia and much more.1
rightrelevance.comMy Outdoor Familiy: Connecting through natureoutdoorfamiliesonline.com - Editor note: ?My Outdoor Family? is a regular column in the Outdoor Families Magazine calendar. Written by readers who represent every facet of an outside lifestyle, these monthly opportunities seek to inspire and encourage, remind and reminisce about a personal love for and commitment to the outdoors. Not everyone is ready to tackle the summit of a mountain, just as some people wouldn?t know how to begin looking for nature in an urban space. This is where readers can share the how and why and what of their outdoor lives, and we want to hear your story. Tell us, in 600 words or less, about your ?Outdoor Family.? Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t wait to read it. ~Erin Kirkland, Managing Editor Our family connects outside. We walk and talk, play on sandy beaches, and hike trails under soaring trees. We make our way in Orange County, California where we live together in open air and snow-free conditions, all year. My career keeps me indoors as an IT analyst, but my love of nature takes me outdoors for fun and relaxation. In addition, I write about all things outdoor as a member of #teamSierra for Sierra Trading Post, a content contributor for Nature Valley, and on my personal website, Walk Simply. Growing up not far from our current home, I spent my youth at the beach, swimming and body surfing, playing traditional sports, skateboarding, and riding bikes. My family traveled, often taking to the road for camping adventures. This love of road trips and scenic exploration stayed with me and I now share that with my girls as a single parent. For us, the outdoors is a necessity from within and I opt to go there, daily. Normally, I would describe our family as easygoing nature lovers, but life is hectic and as I age, I find myself trying to keep outdoor time uncomplicated, seeing no need to ?muddle? the simplicity of my outdoors. Given the choice, our activities lean toward hiking and swimming.
practicalwanderlust.com6 Incredible Zion Day Hikes: A Hikers Guide To Zion National ParkZion National Park in Utah is one of the best hiking destinations in the United States! Discover the park on foot in these 6 incredible Zion day hikes. The hikes range from easy to hard, and we've included everything you need to know about what to expect, what to pack, where to stay, and how to use the Zion shuttle.1
rightrelevance.comPlay Outside Guide: Minerplayoutsideguide.com - "Are we there yet?" Emi asks for the tenth time. It always feels longer when you're hiking in the trees, but we're thankful for shade on this hot day. Hikers descending smile at us and say "You're halfway there! Good job! You're the youngest kid on the trail today!" Now it's our turn to smile as the girls have been coming here since they could walk. Today, however, we will be summitting Miner's Peak instead of Ha Ling. Miner's Peak is the less visited outlier of Mount Lawrence Grassi, attached to Ha Ling peak by a ridge. The summit is slightly higher (2475 m vs 2407 m for Ha Ling), and it offers an awesome view of Ha Ling and Canmore, as well as solitude. Get a photo without dozens of random people in it, then hike the three (small) bumps to climber's right of the summit. It only takes about 10 minutes to do all of them. If you want a two-summit day, scramble to the top of Ha Ling Peak! When we finally get a peek through the trees, the girls are motivated to hike a bit quicker. They do really well on the loose rock above treeline, but are a little sketched out by how close the trail is to the edge of the ridge. We get them away from the edge and it's all good. At the summit bump, there is only one other hiker enjoying the view! After a tasty treat, we hike The Three Bumps and contemplate heading up Ha Ling, but thick smoke has blown in making it hard to breathe. We decide to save our double-summit day for next time and head into Canmore for pizza.