This is Day 19 of the 31 day series on “How backpacking has enriched my daily life.” I expected lightweight backpacking to be a hobby. Instead it has transformed me for the better.
The more you know about something, the more likely you’ll want to protect it. This was the idea behind Stephen Mather establishing free Ranger Walks to educate and connect the visitors to the flora and fauna that they saw around them in the National Park.
I’ve always been interested in natural history and how to survive off of the land, but backpacking gave me an excuse to indulge in these passions. Over the last two years I’ve participated in 56 interpretive programs and I’ve read 35 books on outdoor survival, ecology, geology, the history of Yosemite, and backpacking travel journals. I’ve also spent hours studying maps of my beloved California, planning out future adventures.
The more I know about my beautiful state, the more that I love her and I want to protect California. I am also grateful that I can offer recommendations about where to go for a day hike or a multiple day backpack and how to navigate the bureaucratic side of backpacking (where to get wilderness permits and camp fire permits, what has to be packed out and if it’s required to carry a bear canister). I can also recommend where to get your own adorable mug of a bear hugging California.*
Thanks to living in Yosemite National Park I also feel much more patriotic and informed about our National Park System. Did you know that California has the most national parks in one state? We have nine national parks in California! Can you name them all? How many have you been to?
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For the entire month of October I’ll be daily posting about, “How backpacking has enriched my daily life.” Go here to see the Table of Contents.
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