Hiking in the Morning - *no Internet*




Imagine: The sounds of birds wake you up in the morning as sunlight filters through the drapes in your bedroom. You have an urge to be inside your body in the physical world, but your phone is on the bed stand within arms reach, not to mention that your laptop is lurking on the desk nearby as well. How is it possible to enter into a new day, without first being sucked into reading promotional emails, watching inane cat videos, or doing work? This guide will take you through the steps needed to successfully navigate your morning and get you walking outside without the use of the Internet.

Step 1: Check the Weather

A successful morning hike depends on many factors, first of which is wearing the appropriate clothing for the weather. Avoid the urge to look at weather.com to check what the weather is like outside. Instead, find a door or window with access to the outside air, and place a hand out in the air. If the air feels warm and dry, you should be good with shorts and a t-shirt. If your hand feels wet and cold, consider taking a rain jacket and an extra layer. If you live in California, it's probably warm and dry, regardless the time of year.

Step 2: Locate a Place to Go Walking

You've decided a walk outside in the current weather is suitable for your current mood. Where to go? Again, you want to avoid hopping on the Internet, because before you know it you are reading reviews about other people's hikes instead of going on your own hike. Instead, use a paper map to orient yourself. If you do not have a paper map, knock on the neighbor's door and ask to borrow theirs or just ask them where to go.

Once you have your paper map, locate your current position on it. If you do not know where you are on the map, go outside and read the closest street sign, which will tell you your cross streets. Next, find a big green area on the map. This will likely be some kind of public land you can walk on. Make a note of how to get from your location to the green area. If you have a companion, you can ask him/her to help navigate.

Step 3: Prepare for the Walk

So you (or you and your partner) have decided on a place to go for a hike. (Coffee may be necessary for decision making this early in the morning). Most likely you did not wake up wearing appropriate footwear, so you're going to have to rectify that. Hiking boots might be needed if it's wet out, but otherwise sneakers should suffice.

Next, gather the basic items needed for the walk:

A paper map so you can find the green space

a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect you from the sun

drinking water

a snack.

Step 4: Hit the Road

Since wormholes have not been perfected yet, you'll have to get to the green space on the map through old-fashioned means. If you are lucky, you live near it and you can just walk there, incorporating it into your hike. Otherwise, consider riding a bicycle. These methods are preferable to using motor vehicles, which might have an internet connection built-in (gps), and besides you'll be sitting and looking through a windshield on the way there, not the kind of experience you're going for.

But wait - you're not out of the woods yet (or in the physical woods yet) - make sure you leave the phones and tablets at home so you are not tempted to text, snap, post, or tweet on the walk. Note: This may be the most difficult step to accomplish.

Step 5: Find a Trail and Start Hiking

You've made it to the green space on the map. Now what? You'll have to look around at your environment to figure out where to begin. Look for where the pavement of the road ends and a footpath in the earth begins. Place one foot in front of the other and repeat. And you're off! Make sure to stop along the way to appreciate the colors, sounds, and smells. Also take breaks to catch your breath, drink water, and eat a snack.

Congratulations! You're hiking, it's a beautiful day, and you haven't been online yet!

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4 years ago

this is the best instructable for the soul, mind and heart ive yet seen!

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4 years ago on Introduction

Having the vitality of youth is a wonderful thing. Unfortunately many who once enjoyed things like hiking now wake up stiff and spend the first hours of the day trying to get some flexibility back.

I thought you might find the following interesting to contemplate:

"(Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:7) 9 Rejoice, young man, while you are young, and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and go where your eyes lead you; ----- 10 So remove troublesome things from your heart, and ward off harmful things from your body, for youth and the prime of life are futility. 12 Remember, then, your Grand Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of distress come and the years arrive when you will say: “I have no pleasure in them”; 2 before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the downpour; 3 in the day when the guards of the house become shaky, and the strong men stoop over, and the women quit grinding because they have become few, and the ladies looking out the windows find it dark; 4 when the doors to the street have been closed, when the sound of the grinding mill becomes low, when one gets up at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of song grow faint. 5 Also, one is afraid of heights, and there are terrors in the street. And the almond tree blossoms, and the grasshopper drags itself along, and the caper berry bursts, because man is walking to his lasting house and the mourners walk about in the street; 6 before the silver cord is removed, and the golden bowl is crushed, and the jar at the spring is broken, and the waterwheel for the cistern is crushed. 7 Then the dust returns to the earth, just as it was, and the spirit returns to the true God who gave it."

Some of the things refereed to are obvious, like the stars and the moon growing dark. Night vision is one of the things that gets poorer as a person ages. The ladies looking out the windows refers to loosing ones eyesight, probably due to cataracts. Sounds becoming faint, being afraid of heights , due to becoming frail. The women quit grinding because they have become few obviously refers to teeth. The grasshopper drags itself along, in the late fall before the killing frost many of the insects are basically waiting to die. They are spent and the cold slows them to a standstill as though they were dragging along.

Anyway, use your youth wisely, it really doesn't last that long.

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Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

Whatever your ideology, we all die the same. Young or old, I can't think of a better use of time than spending time with loved ones in the real world.


4 years ago

But you used your phone while doing this.... Ha just messing with you, love the instructable

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