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capture ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc. The advantage here is that you can keep walking while you record.


~ Decide to make your walk about a particular subject to focus on such as:


-birding -architecture


-porches (yes you will see some amazing porches when urban hiking!)


-art


-gardens, plant and treeID -a list of the urban “wild” animals you encounter -playgrounds


-bike trails, skate board parks, off pavement trails (you may be surprised how many dirt urban trails there really are!


-churches and graveyards (reading grave stones can be quite interesting


-historically significant structures


-map all the “Little Free Library” locations on your routes: https://littlefreelibrary.org/


-volunteer to walk an animal shelter dog on your walks, they welcome volunteers! Contact your local animal shelter


-make mileage goals and increase your mileage with each outing -walk with a friend or family member (socially distanced)


Prepare for your Urban Hike Pack a small backpack/bag with essentials like:


-water, snacks -sun protection -paper map -fully charged phone with backup battery -comfortable and cushioned shoes -small first aid (blister kit)


-headlamp, just in case


Urban hiking can relieve stress and be an obtainable endeav- or close to home to disengage with a monotonous routine, it can alleviate boredom, allow your immune system to produce Vitamin D, help with depression and add zest to your life. So, where will you go for your urban hiking experience? Perhaps we’ll see you out there; stay safe and stay well.


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