As the sun breaks above the mountains

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You wake up to the sound of the world beginning to wake up. Crawling out of your sleeping bag you begin to gather your things and hop out of the tent. The sun has started to rise however there is still quite a bit of time before it shines down on the valley you are camped in.

You set up your stove and light it. You place the pot full of water on top of the stove. The water does not take long to boil. You have heated enough water to pour some into your cup for coffee and the rest goes into the breakfast pouch full soon to be delicious backpacker fuel.

You look groggily at the pouch hunting for the “cook time”. You find it and it says to let stand for twenty minutes. While you wait you begin to pack up camp. You are hoping to get back on the trail as soon as you are done with breakfast. Packing up did not nearly as much time as you had thought. You still have some time left before your food is ready to eat. Sipping your coffee you notice that the birds are starting to become more active and the sun has almost crested the mountains. (more…)

Desert Runners Documentary – Review

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3CC03B51-3F31-40AA-9B80-60A501E2A072I typically do not write about Running or endurance running, but I wanted to share with you this fantastic film. Desert Runners is a film that takes you all across the planet to follow several endurance runners attempting to achieve what most people have never even heard of.

The race is called the 4 Deserts race. The 4 races are in the  Atacama Desert in Chile, the Gobi Desert in China, the Sahara in Egypt , and Antarctica. Completing all four races in one year is known as the 4 Desert Series “Grand Slam” The first man to ever successfully complete this feat  was world- famous “Ultramarathon Man,” Dean Karnazes.  The documentary follows several runners Ricky, Samantha, Dave, and Tremaine who are competing to join the few who hold the title of being a  4 Desert Series “Grand Slam” runner. (more…)

Central Florida is More Than Just Theme Parks: Top 5 Hiking Trails to Explore – Guest Post

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If I said to you, “Think about things to do around Orlando, FL”, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Probably Disney World, right? What if I told you that within 30 minutes of Orlando you could find all kinds of trails, lakes, and rivers to explore? Having lived in Florida most of my life, I’ve had the opportunity to visit a number of these great areas. Below are my top 5 hiking trails in Central Florida, but they are by no means your only options. Do a little research and you’ll be amazed at what you find.

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June 2014 Golden Boots Award Recipients Announced

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 Congratulations to the June 2014 Winners of the Golden Boots Blogger Award.

 

Trails 2 Brews – Trails2brews.com

Beers at the bottom – beersatthebottom.com

Hiking Forward – hikingforward.com

Section Hiker – sectionhiker.com

 

The Golden Boots Blogger award is to recognize outdoor adventure bloggers who are adventuring and providing amazing stories. To learn more about the award and to see last months winners please visit the Golden Boots Blogger Awards Page.  Do you have a favorite blog that you would like to suggest? Click here to submit your favorite blogs.

#AdventureMonday 06/16/2014

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It is time for Adventure Monday and here are the awesome Submissions. If you would like your photo featured simply tag your photos on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with #hikeingthetrail. You may also submit photos by emailing them to photos [@] hikingthetrail.com

Photo by @angelatravels11
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