|Sign In at the Trailhead|
During a recent trip I hiked in the Adirondack National Park/ New York State Forest and it was certainly a great time. But I did take a few precautions based on where I was going and what I knew about the area. So a bit of intelligence gathering about the location of a hike can be critical. Do you need bug spray for example? Are the mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers etc out and about? What about poison ivy? Are you aware of this three shiny leafed plant that makes many itch after coming in contact?
|Know the weather and wear the right clothes|
Bring the rain gear if needed, some good hiking shoes, layers of clothing that you can shed during the hike if necessary, plenty of water and energy snacks. All can make the trail a bit more fun and enjoyable. During my hike (which was solo) I carried a small backpack with a gortex jacket and pants; lunch and snacks; water; first aid kit; long underwear; clean wool socks; fire starter and a Leatherman tool.
|Please remember to sign out too!|
One other quick note, I found that a sturdy walking stick can be very helpful while avoiding slips and falls. So take up your feet and get your family moving; enjoy the great out of doors but do it safely!
|Col K Hiking|
Dale Kissinger, ie. “Col K” is a co-founder of MilitaryAvenue.com and retired Air Force pilot who served with the best of the military community from the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force. He flew combat rescue and special operations helicopters, fixed wing trainers, special operations airlift and retired while flying the C-17 as the Vice Wing Commander of the 62nd Airlift Wing at McChord AFB. He served his country during conflicts in Bosnia, Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan. You can read more of his blogs on Militaryblog.militaryavenue.com/Col K