Editor’s Note: This is part four of a introduction to day hiking series.
You’ve done it! Great job. Some thing that I like to do after each hike:
- Sit and relax – you’ve just worked hard for a few hours…take a minute and just simply relax. I sometimes do this at the trailhead. Sometimes in the car. Sometimes at a roadside pond or stream nearby.
- Especially in your early days, reflect on how things were different than what you expected. I try hard to learn something new on every hike. Was my time budget reasonable? Am I more or less tired than expected? What did I not have that I wanted? Did I not take enough pictures? Too many pictures?
- Let the person who you left your literary know your safe and sound.
- Tell others of your trip. I’m always surprised by people who are avid hikers, that I did not expect. You’ll connect with new people and perhaps find new hiking partners.
- Plan your next trip. Depending on your comfort level, find similar hikes that are longer/steeper. If you are uncomfortable, cut back on elevation and elevation gain.