What activities do you recommend to somebody who’s not outdoorsy but desires to be?
— Aspiring Outside Individual
Dear Aspiring Outside Individual:
Initially of all, I feel it is wonderful that you or somebody you know is hunting to devote far more time outdoors. I’m a major believer in the added benefits of fresh air and producing connections with the organic globe. You (or they) will not be sorry for taking this step.
Speaking of methods, a single of the initial activities I’d recommend for a newbie outside particular person is hiking (which is essentially just taking lots and lots of methods). Hiking is a single of the most accessible outside activities. It does not need a lot of talent or unique gear, and there are public trails all more than Maine. You will in no way run out of locations to go.
To start off, I recommend obtaining some excellent, comfy footwear (sneakers or boots) and placing with each other a backpack. For quick day hikes, all you will need to have is water, snacks, a trail map and a light supply, such as a headlamp. If you get really serious about it, I’d also recommend carrying a initial help kit and survival gear. The Appalachian Mountain Club gives a wonderful list of recommended hiking gear and apparel at outdoors.org.
To get began, here’s a list of 11 quick mountain hikes in Maine. But if you are not keen on walking uphill, no worries. Here’s a list of quick, loved ones-friendly hikes, most of which do not involve mountains.
And for wheelchair customers and people today who struggle walking more than uneven terrain, Maine is household to several wheelchair-accessible trails. Some of my favorites involve the Orono Bog Boardwalk in Bangor and Orono, Ship Harbor Nature Trail in Acadia, and trails at Bog Brook Cove Preserve in Cutler, Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec and Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge in Limestone.
An additional wonderful outside activity for novices is kayaking or canoeing on “quiet water,” which I define as freshwater water devoid of major waves or existing. In Maine, that can simply be identified at the state’s several ponds, lakes and streams. Quiet water paddling is relatively quick to discover and it is not as technical or hazardous as sea kayaking or whitewater paddling.
1 apparent barrier to paddling is the gear. Recreational kayaks and canoes can be highly-priced. You will also need to have a paddle and PFD (private floatation device). Some outside destinations, such as outfitters and campgrounds, rent out this gear. Also, some land trusts and other outside organizations host paddling events in which boats, paddles and PDFs are offered. I recommend checking out the occasion calendar of Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, which is positioned in Old Town and Alton and leads guided paddling trips for novices and gives the gear.
For winter, I recommend snowshoeing, which is quick to discover and will warm you up in no time. Snowshoes ordinarily expense in between $60 and $200, so they’re a bit of an investment, but they will make outside exploration a great deal a lot easier when the ground is covered with several layers of snow.
Essentially, snowshoes enable you remain on major of the snow — for the most element. You will nevertheless sink a tiny bit. That cannot be helped. Snowshoeing will need you to choose up your knees and stroll with a wider stance, which can be awkward at initial, but it is a wonderful exercise, and it is a entire lot greater than basically walking in boots and sinking to your knees in snow (a disaster referred to as “post-holing”). Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets will enable you retain your balance even though snowshoeing. They also distribute some of the operate to your arms.
For tips of exactly where to go, verify out this list of quick snowshoe spots in Maine, and this post of more snowshoe spots and winter hiking guidelines.
Lastly, I recommend that you pick a single point about nature that you are excited about. It could be birds or mushrooms or trees, the views from mountaintops or the history of old stone walls and foundations. These items can inspire you to get outdoors. For me, becoming active outdoors has often been much less about the actual activity (hiking, paddling, snorkeling, and so forth.) and far more about the items I see, hear, smell, taste and really feel along the way.
What ever activity you decide on, start off tiny and close to civilization, functioning your way up to far more difficult adventures. 1 quick way to boost your security is to rope in a pal or loved ones member to join you. Also, just before each and every outing, inform somebody (who cares) precisely exactly where you are going and when you program to return. That way, if you do not turn up, they’ll know exactly where to start off hunting.
Remain protected, and verify for ticks soon after just about every outing!
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