When was the last time you got out in nature and walked under tall trees? Nothing calms the soul like looking up – at treetops overhead – and looking down – at a path you are following – as well as looking around – at something OTHER than a computer or TV screen!


Whether you’re ready to hike a rough, wilderness trail in a national or state park, or would be content to walk on pavement around a local manmade reservoir, it’ll rejuvenate your spirits and give you some good exercise.


The less you see of things that are manmade – streets, power poles, signs, cars – the more relaxing your hike will be.


Go alone or bring a friend or family member. Shoot for hiking at least once in every season. When it’s cold, a hat and gloves are a must. If there’s too much snow, the going might be too rough, but if it’s just a dusting, wear the right footwear, go slow, and you’ll be fine. Just be sure to bring a liter of water or more. And you might like a zip-lock bag of this easy-to-carry, taste-pleasing hikers’ treat:




1½ C. granola cereal

1 C. peanuts

1 C. M&M’s

1 C. raisins

½ C. shelled sunflower seeds


* Origin of name uncertain, but it could stand for Granola, Raisins and Peanuts, Good Old Raisins and Peanuts, or Granola, Oats, Raisins and Peanuts.


By Susan Darst Williams | www.TheDailySusan.com | FUNdamentals | © 2017