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Travel the USA with the Yagers

Updated on October 14, 2015

Introduction to Travel the USA with the Yagers

When we vacation we like to go to places that are outdoors or natural attractions. We prefer nature and the beauty of a location. Most of our time is spent on land hiking trails, some climbing steps or stairs and paths on hills to the tops for awe inspiring views. We love waterfalls, caves and caverns, tall ridges and mountainous rock walls. Oceans, lakes and streams, lots of greenery, sandy beaches or dunes and gorgeous blue skies, sunrises and sunsets are at the top of the list.

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Almonds
Almonds
Dried Cherries
Dried Cherries
Pistachios
Pistachios
Dried Cranberries
Dried Cranberries
Walnuts
Walnuts

Hiking Gear

We don't go out and buy all kinds of hiking equipment. We just wear regular walking or casual shoes, a hat, and a pair of sunglasses. We carry water bottles, botanical bug spray, sunscreen and a camera. Sometimes if the hike will take a while we bring a small bag of nuts and dried fruit, or a granola mix. In some cases though we found that if we really need a little something to eat on a hike there just might be a crab apple tree or some lamb's quarter to take the edge off hunger.

If You Can Walk-- You Can Hike

Anyone able to walk any length of time is able to hike. You may have to take it slow but you can do it. Most trails are marked easy, moderate, hard. Making it easy to decide how rough a trail you want to take on. Some trails are short and others may take hours. It is a great idea to get a trail map ahead of time. Many places offer them free in the welcome center. A lot of them offer printable maps on their websites as well.

Warning!!!

*Please make sure you know what it is before you eat it. There are poisonous plants out there also.

Identifying Wild Edibles

Learning to identify wildflowers and/or wild edibles is a great thing to do as you hike. That way if hunger strikes on a path and you were not prepared, you know what is safe to eat and what not to eat. Mushrooms are a lot more difficult to identify than many other wild edibles, but that doesn't mean you should take risks with anything other than mushrooms. Some poisonous plants look a lot like their edible relatives.

Identifying Birds and Other Wildlife

I like to take my camera along to photograph wildlife. This comes in handy when I don't recognize the creature or plant right away. I have the picture to match up to my field guides later on. I miss out on less when I can snap a picture or two instead of standing there for hours going through my guide trying to find it.

If you don't care about identifying the wildlife that's ok. A few things you should be able to identify though are poison ivy/oak, any poisonous snakes or spiders that may be in the area you are hiking. Another is the touch-me-not or jewelweed, this is nice to know if you do encounter poison ivy because rubbing the leaves of this plant on the affected area will take the itch away.

Hocking Hills in Ohio

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Wolf's Den Cabinview from the front deckInside the tiny cabineven a microwave and mini fridgewolf decorwhirlpool tub on the back decklounge on the back deckview from the back deckenjoy the wooded viewchoiceswhich one first?this is posted at all of the parks where there is little or no railing to stop your falljust a polite warning on a corner property
Wolf's Den Cabin
Wolf's Den Cabin
view from the front deck
view from the front deck
Inside the tiny cabin
Inside the tiny cabin
even a microwave and mini fridge
even a microwave and mini fridge
wolf decor
wolf decor
whirlpool tub on the back deck
whirlpool tub on the back deck
lounge on the back deck
lounge on the back deck
view from the back deck
view from the back deck
enjoy the wooded view
enjoy the wooded view
choices
choices
which one first?
which one first?
this is posted at all of the parks where there is little or no railing to stop your fall
this is posted at all of the parks where there is little or no railing to stop your fall
just a polite warning on a corner property
just a polite warning on a corner property

Lodging

We do stay in conventional hotels and motels but we look for more relaxed and leisurely settings if we can find them. We prefer the tranquility of a more private and natural wooded area. One such gem is Thunder Ridge Cabins and B & B. It is back off the beaten path and quiet yet not difficult to find.

We like to stay at cabins or lodges in State Parks. West Virginia and Kentucky State Parks are wonderful examples. We wish more States would offer such nice lodging. Staying right in the park can save you the travel from a hotel to the sites you came to see. In some cases the cost of your stay will be less in the State parks as well.

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    • Dardia profile imageAUTHOR

      Darlene Yager 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Enlydia,

      Thanks for reading and commenting on my hubs. I wish I could travel more often. I would love to just travel around with my husband, like a pair of gypsies, take photographs, and write my hubs.

      We have only recently started taking vacations. I never really traveled before my honeymoon, and I have never traveled far. We may actually make it to Utah this winter though, unfortunately it is for a death in the family. Well, more like a memorial or celebration of the life of.

    • Enlydia Listener profile image

      Enlydia Listener 

      7 years ago from trailer in the country

      I was going to say the same things as Jenny did..."I want to travel with the Yagers"....My dream someday is to do the things you talked about...hope I don't sound too envious (even though I am).

    • Dardia profile imageAUTHOR

      Darlene Yager 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks WeNdYpOoPoO! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    • WeNdYpOoPoO profile image

      WeNdYpOoPoO 

      7 years ago from Hudson Valley NY

      awesome hub thans for sharing I want to go hiking toooo.

    • Dardia profile imageAUTHOR

      Darlene Yager 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      I didn't really get vacations growing up since we had such a big family. So nature and local parks were all I got. Now with my husband though, we still enjoy nature and parks, but we get to travel a bit.

      Thanks for stopping by, thanks for the vote, thanks for the comment, and thanks for sharing, pmccray!

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      pmccray 

      8 years ago from Utah

      Now this is a real vacation. Being an Army brat for 20 years we'd moved every 3 years and my mom always made sure if we were transferred in the US we made the trip by car. It was a wonderful experience and she made sure to include special sights during the trip. Nothing better than to learn about your surroundings hands on. Voted up, marked useful, awesome and shared.

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      jennyjenny 

      8 years ago from Somewhere in Michigan

      What an awesome hub! I want to travel with the Yagers...when do we leave? :) I'll bring snacks! Lol! You are making me want to go on an adventure! :)

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