Sunday, March 13, 2011

Go Hiking

A common dilemma for college students usually sounds like, "Hmm, what should we do today?"  There are a lot of activities that are fun, however they usually involve spending money.  Well guess what, I have a solution for you!  Go hiking through your local national forests and/or parks.  This may sound a bit uneasy at first, but I promise once you are out in the wilderness you cannot resist the beauty of the nature that surrounds you.  Hiking is a cheap, affordable, and fun activity for everyone.  I'm not telling you to go on a 10-mile hike up a mountain.  Your best bet is to find a trail that best suits your needs and ability.  My friend Sam and I visited Red Rock Canyon, located just outside Las Vegas.  We went on a six-mile hike up 1,000 feet through the beautiful geologic features of Red Rock Canyon.  Not only was the hike free, it was a great activity that allowed us to explore and appreciate nature.  Another “R” this is commonly ignored, is “Respect.”  In order for there to be change, we must respect what nature has to offer us.  If we don’t respect nature, then how do we learn to appreciate and take care of it?