Happy Monday, Hikers! I hope everyone was able to get out this weekend and celebrate National Trails Day by getting their shoes dirty. Monday morning means its time to pretend to work while you’re actually planning next weekend’s adventure. To aid in that endeavor we are starting a new regular feature to bring you hiking news, updates, and some gear deals from around the Interwebs to help ease you back into the work week. And maybe a picture or two of somewhere you’d rather be, because why not?On to the news:
Mission Trails Regional Park has announced that Kumeyaay Lake Campground will reopen on June 13 for Friday and Saturday night camping. That’s next weekend, so head over here ASAP to make your reservations if you’re interested.
If you’re not looking for a full on camp out, consider the Owl Prowl and Skyhunters program this Saturday at Flinn Springs County Park. “Nancy Conney of SkyHunters will have live owls for you to see and learn about. After her presentation Ranger Patty will take you on a hike around the park to discover the types of owls that live in the park, and maybe catch some other cool critters.” I would totally do this if I was physically capable of staying awake past 8 pm. Check the County Parks and Recreation Program Guide for details, or explore our Events page for more upcoming hiking and nature activities.
Do you ever stop to use one of the pit toilets at a trail head, and find someone has propped the door open with a rock or other object to let fresh air in? National Parks Traveler recently posted an educational article on why we shouldn’t leave the doors open. There are worse things than stinky toilets!
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