Go outside and take a hike

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Logan B. Anderson

I know everyone has been saying it but here it is again in black and white – this winter was terrible.

That sentence was harder to write than you’d think. It took a while to settle on the right word to describe the season we just survived. Some of the words I thought of were definitely not fit for print.

Beyond the downright frigid temperatures, the cumulative feet of snow we had to deal with, and all of the money spent on trying to stay warm, the absolute worst part was waiting for it to be over.

For me it was more agonizing because I made a resolution for 2015, and I couldn’t follow through because it was so cold outside.

Close to the end of last year with the help of a close friend, I rediscovered a passion for the outdoors I’d forgotten about. When I was much younger, I’d take off for hikes in the woods for hours. I’d walk and walk looking at different plants and trees and watching nature and life unfold all around. As I got older and things like school and other responsibilities got in the way. The only time I got close to hiking was doing something for work.
Last fall on a whim, I joined a friend and their dog on a trek around Killens Pond. I brought along my camera and had a great time. Shortly after I stumbled on a publication produced by the Lewes/Rehoboth Rotary. The club puts together a comprehensive list of hiking, walking and biking trails in Sussex County. The list includes state parks, nature reserves and municipal greenways.

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A trail at the McCabe Preserve near Milton.

As the temperatures started to drop I kept flipping through its pages. When the New Year came, I decided to make it my resolution to hike every trail in the book.

Two weeks ago, when we had a brief respite from the cold I started at Blairs Pond. On St. Patrick’s Day, I checked the second set of trails at the McCabe Nature Preserve in Milton off the list. Though I walk it all the time, I officially walked Milford’s Mispillion River Walk last week.

There are 24 trails on the list.

That list includes Abbott’s Mill, the Delaware Nature Conservancy’s Ponders Tract near Ellendale, Cape Henlopen State Park, Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge and more.

Saturday’s brief reminder of winter was not fun, I hope that was a one-time occurrence and temperatures start to climb again. I am waiting for the next nice day so I can check one more trail off my list. Well, the next nice day and for my knees stop hurting.

If you are able, go outside. Get moving and see all that our area has to offer. At least get out of the house and see the sun.

Managing Editor Logan B. Anderson can be reached at landerson@newszap.com. Follow @LoganBAnderson on Twitter.

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