We’re excited about all of the events that are going on across the country this Saturday to celebrate National Trails Day, but you can’t have a celebration without some good grub, right?
To help keep your belly full and energy high during your hikes this weekend, we’ve compiled some of our favorite unique homemade trail mix recipes. These are quick, easy and tasty trail mix recipes that are a welcome break from the standard raisins, peanuts & M&Ms (not that there’s anything wrong with that)!
Try out one of our favorite trail mix recipes this weekend:
Quick on the heels of last weekend’s unofficial Memorial Day summer kickoff, National Trails Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of June. The American Hiking Society (AHS) works hard to provide a variety of activities every year on NTD. This year events range from ”hikes, biking and horseback rides, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching, gear demonstrations, stewardship projects and more.”
It’s a great day to get out and meet fellow nature lovers. If you’re new to hiking, there are lots of guided introductory hikes and if you’re a long-time hiker this is a great opportunity to volunteer for a day of trail maintenance work. Let us know what events you’ll be joining and we’ll report back next week on our first NTD with a baby in tow!
Clearing out the Valley View Loop with Tennessee Trails Association members
Saturday was a great day not only to be on the trails, but to meet a wonderful group of fellow trail-lovers in the Murfreesboro Chapter of the Tennessee Trails Association (TTA). They kindly accepted us into their fold (even though we were late, oops!) as they hacked and weeded their way through the Valley View Loop trail at the Barfield Crescent Wilderness area.
This was our second visit to Barfield Crescent. The first visit to this trail in November was a fun day on the trail because of the nice surprise in the variety of terrain… which didn’t bode well for a pair of tag-along dogs we met on the trail that day, but we all eventually finished the trail (mostly) unscathed.
This time we came armed with hand clippers, loppers and work gloves (one volunteer even brought a weedeater!). We worked to remove debris, weed and clear pathways and made sure trail blazes were visible and freshly painted. With so many people on hand, we were able to spiff up the Valley View Loop in no time flat — and before the heat of the day really set in! It was a rewarding opportunity to get out and give back to our hiking community in a small way.
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