Spring Onto the Trail: 5 East Coast Hikes to try this season

first_img If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s springtime, gentlemen! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the painfully long baseball season is well underway, and there seems to be some sort of political whatnot on all the televisions. But you don’t much care about RBI or ERA stats, or watching a bunch of politicians who want to “serve the United States of America” blab away on TV; you care about feeling the surge of manful enthusiasm that comes from enjoying the outdoors, right? Right.Related: NYC Area HikesAnd you live in or are visiting the northeast, yes? Good, we’re actually getting somewhere, then. For today we’re talking about 5 great east coast hikes, each of which happens to be conveniently located (relatively) near a major metro area of the northeast. Just a short drive from downtown DC, Metro NY, and Boston, MA, for example, can be found more opportunities for outdoor exploration and exercise than you might expect. So without further adieu, let’s stop using the passive voice and start talking about excellent east coast springtime hiking!Let’s work our way from the north to the south. If you’re looking for…A Great Hike Near Boston – Blue Hills ReservationWith more than 7,000 acres of preserved land and hills rising as high as 635 feet (that’s rather high for the coastal areas of the east, FYI), the Blue Hills Reservation offers a wonderful escape from busy downtown Boston, which is located mere miles away. The area has been protected from development since 1893, so you’ll get a genuine sense of the region’s ecology as you enjoy miles of trails, camping opportunities, and even cross-country skiing, provided you go in the right season and provided you can actually enjoy this exhausting activity. The reservation features more than 125 miles of trails, with some loops of only a mile’s length, others which will require long hours of trekking.The Best Hike Near Providence – Lime Rock PreserveThere are plenty of other hiking opportunities near Providence, RI, so where do I get off calling this one the best? The word near is the operative; it’s located about 10 minutes from the state capitol’s downtown, so you’ll be there by the time that next Morning Edition segment wraps up. You can fully explore this petite but lovely 130 acre preserve in a single day, and you can enjoy its easy trails for as little as an hour or a whole morning or afternoon.A Hard Hike Near New York – Devil’s PathIf you thought you had to go west to get your ass kicked by a hike, try heading a bit upstate, instead. Just a two hour drive from the bustle of NYC, this savage day hike through the Catskill Mountains will try the mettle of even the serious mountain man. This trek requires near technical clambering and climbing in some portions, and will see you traverse 9,000 feet worth of elevation (gain and loss – the high point is just 3,880 feet in actual elevation) during the 24 mile adventure. Bring lots of water, plenty of food, boots that protect your ankles, and check the damn forecast before you head out!Yes, There’s Hiking In New Jersey – Sunfish PondAnd in fact not only does the Garden State have hiking, it even has glacial lakes at 1,000 feet above sea level. Who knew!? Well, lots of people, you now among them. Anyway, the hike to and around Sunfish Pond is a 5.5 mile loop that’s sure to please most trekkers during the warmer months. (In winter, the area boasts ice climbing opportunities, FYI.) Part of the loop lines up with the famed Appalachian Trail, so if you’re not above flagrant misrepresentation, once you’ve hiked around Sunfish Pond, you can say you’ve hiked the Appalachian Trail.Hiking Near Washington DC – Sky Meadows State ParkOnce you break free of Beltway traffic, you can reach Sky Meadows State Park in a little over an hour (this by car, not foot, for the record). There you’ll find a nature preserve sprawling over nearly 1,900 acres of pristine woodlands, pastures, and wetlands teeming with avian and mammalian life. There are trails for hiking and horseback riding, areas for overnight camping, and a monthly amateur astronomy night. And as you might expect given the area’s name, there are plenty of wide open meadows affording stunning vistas of the rolling hills and miles of forestland. The Best Wine Country Regions in the U.S. for Outdoor Adventures 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention Nevada’s Massacre Rim Named Latest International Dark Sky Sanctuary Editors’ Recommendations The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Citieslast_img read more

Rapper French Montana Returns to Perform in Morocco

Rabat- French Montana has returned to his native Morocco to host a party at Club 555 in Marrakech.Karim Kharbouch, known by his stage name French Montana, was born in Rabat, but left the country for the United States at age 13. He is the founder and CEO of Cocaine City Records. The 30-year-old rapper trip to Morocco was filled with several cultural adventures and a performance at Club 555 in Marrakech. “This video will give you a small idea of how incredible it has been for me to come back home and share my music with my people,” he said. “I left Morocco when I was 13 and the first time ever going back was when I shot the FADER cover. Now, it’s amazing to see this much love from my people,” he concluded. Montana is said to be dating Khloe Kardashian, sister to reality TV star Kim Kardashian. He also appeared on several episodes of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” Season 9.Montana has so far made sure to keep some secrecy on his alleged relationship with Khloe Kardashian.“I like to keep my private life private because that works with my sanity, but she’s a good, beautiful person,” he said in an interview with People Magazine.Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more