Nice day for a hike

Today I took a small group on a hike out at Hillsborough River State Park. With the group being small we decided to bring our dogs and it really made for an adventure! I have to admit the "skeeters" were pretty bad, but with the proper perperation we had little trouble them. Here are a few more things you should know about hiking in the summer:
FIRST DAY SCREW UPS on summer hikes
First day screw ups are the most common and WILL ruin your hike.
They are:
1. "WE LEFT AS SOON AS WE COULD" – Late start and hiking in afternoon heat because of poor travel plans.
2. "YOU GO ON AHEAD I’LL BE ALRIGHT" – The stronger hikers continue ahead leaving the less experienced hikers to fend for themselves.
3. "MY KNEES HURT AND I HAVE BLISTERS" – Rush to get down the trail thinking you will put on a bandaid at the next rest stop.
4. "WE HAD TO CAMP HERE, IT WAS A EMERGENCY" – Distance to campsite too far, over 7 miles.
DON’T LET THE BIG 4 SPOIL YOUR HIKE.
MAKE YOUR FIRST DAY THE EASIEST DAY.
1. Plan what time to start your. This will allow you to prepare and not have to rush down the trail. If this is not possible then make the first day the shortest hike, less than 7 miles.
2. When hiking stay together. You can help each other. The experienced hikers can help others to stay hydrated. Prevent blisters by taking care of the hot spots before a blister forms. Keep everyone from hiking in the afternoon heat by hiking early morning and late afternoon. Break for lunch during the worst heat of the day.
IF YOU ARE A TRUE FRIEND YOU WILL NOT LEAVE AND HIKE AHEAD. A common mistake involves the slower hiker telling the faster hiker to "You go on ahead, I’ll be all right." Then you hike ahead and then spend the next 3 hours worrying and waiting at the trailhead about the friend you left behind that should of been out by now. TRUE FRIENDS STAY TOGETHER and help each other.
3. Did I say that the First day needs to be the easiest. This is when your pack is the heaviest and your body is not ready to hike 4 to 9 miles. The last thing you thinking about is that warm spot on your big toe. When in just a couple more hours your toe is a big problem. Tape the warm spots and take extra socks to change into when they get wet from sweat. Take care of your feet and they will take care of you. MOST PEOPLE ARE NOT READY TO HIKE 7 TO 9 MILES CONTINUOUS. YOU WILL USE MUSCLES YOU DID NOT KNOW YOU HAD. Do yourself a favor and take it easy the first day. The second and third can be longer days and you will be ready for them, IF THE FIRST IS EASY.
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About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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