I'm an indoor girl but I do love to get in touch with nature when I travel. Here's why!
I’ve seen the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets in the world, watched historic ruins come to life, and observed wild animals from just a few feet away. Park rangers are passionate about their work and offer unique programs and presentations for every interest. Best of all, admission fees – if they even exist –supports amazing preservation and environmental protection work.
In Maui’s Haleakala National Park, I enjoyed the 30 minute Hosmer trail, which contains a curious selection of non-native trees mingling with Hawaiian sandalwood. The 3.5 km Lookout Point Trail at Kilbear Provincial Park in Ontario takes you through different forests and rock formations and is one of my favourite walks.
I recently had the opportunity to take part in an hour long nature walk at the Albion Hills Conservation Area as part of TBEX press trip with Central Counties Tourism. Our guide MacKenzie was approachable, convivial, and very knowledgeable. The woodland trail was very easy to walk, with just a few areas posing a mild challenge. MacKenzie explained about the diverse animals that visit the area and about the year round activities and I appreciated the value in having such a pretty area to visit, just over an hour from Toronto. It was a great chance to relax from the hustle and bustle of the city and get in touch with nature.
Safaris and Zoos
I think many of us originally imagined that traveling meant going on a Roosevelt style safari mission, and I love to indulge both my childhood fantasies with a more adult appreciation for nature. I’m fascinated by animals big and small and, when I was on safari in Zambia, I was just as excited to see a mongoose as a lion. I appreciate the conservation efforts made by these organizations and I want to contribute to their ongoing work.
Next up on my wildlife dream list? Panama, Costa Rica, and Madagascar.
Exploring the great outdoors and appreciating nature doesn't mean you have to go bungee jumping, glacier climbing, or cave exploring. It can be something as simple as picking up a local, organic lunch from a community farmers' market and taking it with you to enjoy a short walk in a National Park or botanical garden. I hope even the city folks among you are inspired to spend some time outside today!
As always, I welcome and encourage your comments. Are you an outdoor enthusiast or a city slicker?
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