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Walk a trail and you will be refreshed

We hope you’re enjoying our fledgling, series of stories and photos on hiking and biking trails in our region.

We’re getting wonderful feedback on the series — and great suggestions!

We live in a part of America that is blessed with great hiking trails.

We live in a region that has stunning beauty.

The trees… so many trees.

The mountains… beautiful mountains

The streams, creeks and the river. Our water of life.

Too many of us take this beauty — these natural resources — for granted.

The growth of ultra hikes in our area is testament to the opportunities for outdoor recreation that abound here. There are more trails, too!

They also are confirmation of the critical environmental stewardship practiced by so many volunteers here.

Good trails are associated with higher property value, especially when a trail is designed to provide neighborhood access and maintain residents’ privacy.

Trails, like good schools or low crime, create an amenity that commands a higher price for nearby homes.

Why?

Open spaces such as parks, urban forests, greenbelts and multi-purpose trails make communities more livable, provide opportunities to improve people’s physical and mental health, and they can boost local economies through tourism.

We recall John Muir (1838-1914), a man known as “John of the Mountains” and “Father of the National Parks” here in America.

Here are some of John’s famous quotes:

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.

Rocks and waters, etc., are words of God, and so are men. We all flow from one fountain Soul. All are expressions of one Love.

I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.

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