Day 24: An App that Encourages Hiking with the Family

This is Day 24 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.

I first started using the All Trails app when I was planning a backpacking trip in the Sierras. I like this app because the filters allow me to search by how busy the trail might be, the difficulty, length, dirt versus paved paths or if I want a loop or a there-and-back trail.

Now I use the All Trails app for day hikes with my family. Recently my mom and I visited my cousin in Monterey. In preparation I looked up on the All Trails app for hikes in the area. Ironically, my cousin took us on the trail that I wanted to hike, the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail! It made for a really fun afternoon walking along the beach. Then on the way back we bought a whole, fresh trout for dinner right there at Fisherman’s Wharf. 

 

And for more engaging reading…

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.

Day 23 – I Found My Happy Place, Have You?

Day 25 – Insider’s Tour of Yosemite 

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