The Let’s Hike Blog has received various reports about people using Park City transportation in order to ease the burden that has been imposed upon them due to their rigorous hiking schedules. It would be untrue to say that the manner in which this burden has been lessened is the same across all hikers. For example, one hiker lessened their burden by using transportation in Park City to convey them from their house to the trail head. Whereas another hiker actually performed the entire hike using said transportation. Of course this does not technically count as actually hiking but c’est la vie as they say.
HIKE WITH PARK CITY TRANSPORTATION
This does raise an interesting question as to what exactly constitutes hiking. The Let’s Hike Blog research team looked into this and discovered that there really is not one agreed upon definition of the term “hiking.” Essentially however, we can all appreciate that the term “hiking” refers to the activity of walking outdoors. There is a great deal of wiggle room within this definition. The hiking can be leisurely or it can be vigorous for example. The hiking can take place over flat terrain or up the side of a steep mountain for another example.
Under no definition that our research team was able to discover was the term hiking used to refer to a person traveling inside a vehicle of some sort. Now some people might argue that conveying one’s self through the use of one’s legs is a perfectly legitimate form of transportation. And if we are referring to leg powered transportation then we would agree that that form of transportation would fall under the definition of “hiking” as is commonly understood. However, we all have the sense that this is not what is being referred to when we use the term Park City transportation.
Utah travel agencies can make you happier. The blog post was inspired by a recently published Huffington Post article entitled “11 Reasons Why Travel Makes You a Happier Person.” In this blog post I would like to examine two of the eleven reasons and offer my thoughts on them based on my personal experience. The two reasons are (1) Travel helps to increase self-confidence through dealing with unexpected situations and (2) Being away from home makes builds an appreciation for family and home.
FIND SELF-CONFIDENCE BY DEALING WITH UNEXPECTED SITUATIONS
The first reason the Huffington Post offers is that travel makes people happier because it makes them more resilient. I can personally attest that this is true. The reason this is true is because when I travel I am forced (to a certain extent) to confront my fears. That is, when I travel I am out of the comfort zone that I have constructed for myself including my home, social circle and work. Everything is new and different and this can give rise to fear. But facing fear is the only way that I will grow as a person and when I grow as a person I build my self confidence and resilience.
BEING AWAY CREATES APPRECIATION FOR FAMILY AND HOME
They say, “absence makes the heart grow fonder” and I have found this to be true. It is so easy to become absorbed in the every day cares of the “normal world” that makes up my life. Sometimes this boredom can appear along with the feeling that I am missing out on something more fun or better. Traveling (through the use of Utah travel agencies) serves to break up this boredom and set that feeling of being left out to the side. As a result when I return home from traveling the same things that bored me before I left become new again.
Many travelers are using travel agencies in Utah to plan trips in the American Southwest. Because the state of Utah is a southwestern state it would make sense that the travel agencies located there would have more intimate knowledge of the various attractions there are to visit. Just in the states making up “four corners” (Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico) alone there are many breathtaking sights to be seen.
USE TRAVEL AGENCIES IN UTAH TO PLAN YOUR FOUR CORNERS ROAD TRIP
When you use a travel agency to plan your four corners road trip you will need to create an itinerary. The following are a list of places to visit in each of the four states:
TEN PLACES TO VISIT IN UTAH
- Arches National Park
- Zion National Park
- Monument Valley
- The Great Salt Lake
- Canyonlands National Park
- Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument
- Homestead Crater
- Bear Lake
- Capitol Reef National Park
- Bryce Canyon National Park
TEN PLACES TO VISIT IN COLORADO
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Mesa Verde National Park
- Garden of the Gods
- The City of Vail
- Pikes Peak / Pike National Forest
- Durango / Silverton Narrow Gage Railway
- San Juan Scenic Byway and the Million Dollar Highway
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
- Maroon Bells – Snowmass Wilderness
- Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
PLACES TO VISIT IN ARIZONA
- The Grand Canyon
- Sedona Arizona
- Beaver Falls in Havasu Creek
- Saguaro National Park
- Goldfield Ghost Town / Apache Junction
- Jerome Arizona Ghost Town
- Hoover Dam
- Hunts Mesa / Monument Valley
- Lake Mead National Recreational Area
- London Bridge / Lake Havasu
PLACES TO VISIT IN NEW MEXICO
- Santa Fe New Mexico
- Taos New Mexico
- Albuquerque New Mexico
- Roswell New Mexico
- White Sands National Monument
- Carlsbad Cavern
- Las Vegas New Mexico (Not Nevada)
- Los Alamos New Mexico
- Alamogordo Historic Rail Road Town
- Valles Caldera National Preserve
Many people are using Utah travel agencies to plan their next hiking excursion. A travel agency is a very helpful resource because travel agents know the best places to go and the pitfalls to avoid when planning any type of trip. Of course, a travel agent might not have personal knowledge of the best hiking trails, however, he or she will have the tools and the know how that will enable them to answer any questions you might have. Moreover a well qualified travel agent will also be able to anticipate travel related problems that the average traveler might not consider.
UTAH TRAVEL AGENCIES AVOID COMMON PITFALLS
There are many pitfalls that can swallow a naive traveler up. One common pitfall is to make a reservation with a hotel that is not as reputable as their advertisement might imply. For example a traveler might book a room with a hotel only to find out that the room is dirty, the bed is uncomfortable or the hotel itself is located in a dangerous area. A traveler who finds himself in this situation might come to regret the decision to save money and not use a travel agent to book his trip.
For this reason it only makes sense to use a travel agent to help you plan out your next trip. This is true regardless of whether your trip involves hiking or some other outdoor activity. The simple truth of the matter is that travel agents save a significant amount of time, effort and worry on the part of the traveler. They may even save the traveler money if they are able to find a better deal on a hotel than the traveler is able to find. Heck, the travel agent just might end up paying for themselves. Wouldn’t that be a pitfall to avoid!
The Let’s Hike Blog editorial board would like to take this unique opportunity to encourage its vast and loyal readership to visit a massage therapist Murray after your next hike. We all know how sore your leg muscles and your body in general can be after a long and vigorous hike. This is especially true when hiking up and down a mountain because this employs muscle groups that are not normally used in every day life (unless you live in San Francisco). Getting a massage after a hike is a great method to loosen muscles that were made tight through hiking.
RELAX WITH A MASSAGE THERAPIST MURRAY
Not only are massages effective for loosening tight muscles but massages are also effective for over all relaxation in general. After a massage most people report feeling very relaxed for hours and days afterwards. There is something about letting down your defenses and allowing yourself to be vulnerable to the touch of the masseuse. When a person allows himself to be vulnerable and then emerges on the other side unscathed he develops a trust in the world. This trust allows him to let his guard down and to abide in a relaxed state during the course of his every day life.
Stress is a toxic factor of modern life. Stress can lead to disease and other health problems. As such, anything that a person can do to reduce stress levels will have a net positive effect on a person’s life. This is not only true vis a vis physical health. This is also true for mental health as well. Actually, physical health and mental health are intimately related and both depend upon and impact the other on a continuous basis. For this reason improving the one will also improve the other. By contrast, weakening or damaging the one will weaken or damage the other as well.
Many hikers and people who enjoy the outdoors are interested in owning a firearm for hunting and self protection. Among this population exists a subset that is interested in obtaining a Texas license to carry. Hiking often affords the possibility of hunting (when in season and in an area where hunting is legally permitted). Moreover, sometimes a hiker might have occasion to use a firearm for self protection when on a hike and away from areas where law enforcement can easily police.
It is a fairly straight forward process for a hiker to obtain a Texas license to carry from the Texas State Department of Public Safety. According to the State of Texas Government Code Chapter 411, Subchapter H all applicants for a license to carry a firearm must meet the following criteria for eligibility:
- All applicants must be at least twenty-one years old. There is an exception for active duty military.
- All applicants must comply with all Federal requirements to buy a firearm (See Federal statute 18 USC 44 §922).
- No applicant may have a felony conviction.
- No applicant may have certain misdemeanor conviction resulting in probation or adjudication that has been deferred.
- No applicant may have certain pending criminal charges (see Texas state statute GC §411.172).
- No applicant may have a dependency on alcohol or narcotics
- No applicant may be diagnosed with certain psychiatric or psychological illnesses (see Texas state statute GC §411.172).
- No applicant my have an outstanding protective order or restraining order issued against them.
All applicants for a license to carry a firearm in the State of Texas in addition to the above eight requirements must then complete the following additional steps:
- All applicants must submit a complete application.
- All applicants must pay all required fees.
- All applicants must complete the required training courses.
- All applicants must submit all required supplemental forms.