Nature RX: Take a Hike

The Source offers suggested hikes for National Take a Hike Day in the Metolius basin.
By Damian Fagan
The Source

OK, so maybe National Take a Hike Day on Nov. 17 has lost a little oomph this year. I mean, what else have we been doing during the pandemic but hiking? Right, all those other "ings" such as fishing, camping, boating, biking, running, surfing, taking your kids to work (from the dining table to the couch) do count, too.

"We don't know who established National Take A Hike Day," said Wesley Trimble, American Hiking Society's communications and creativity director. "We have supported it since 2013, and we also started National Trails Day that takes place in June more than 25 years ago." AHS adopted the Nov. 17 celebration and encourages people to enjoy a prescriptive walk in nature for its health and wellness benefits.