We don’t know about you (well okay, we have a pretty good idea), but at Bow Wow Labs we love the outdoors almost as much as we love dogs. This week, our hearts and paws are with California as the latest wildfire fury unfolds. The timing is bittersweet, because The American Hiking Association’s National Take a Hike Day takes place on November 17th and we’re sure that California’s ravaged lands will not be healed by then.
For those of us in other parts of the country, this annual event is designed to get you outdoors for some fresh air, beautiful scenery and exercise. Let’s celebrate it safely, with the intention to preserve our lands for as long as possible.
How Did National Take a Hike Day Start?
November 17th is a day in history when some exciting events happened in the world of hiking:
- November 17, 1913: Climbers reached the peak of Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America.
- November 17, 1953: Climbers conquered Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world.
- November 17, 1985: Dick Bass became the first person to reach the highest mountain peaks on all seven continents.
Now you can be a part of history too! If you take a hike with your pup on November 17th, 2018 be sure to tag @bowwowlabs and use the hashtag #nationaltakeahikeday.
Safe Hiking with Your Dog
While we love the exercise and quality time with mother nature, National Take a Hike Day is also the perfect excuse to spend quality time with your pet. Stay safer when bringing Fido out on the trail with these tips:
- Always keep your dog on a leash, especially if you are unfamiliar with the environment and surrounding wildlife.
- Be a respectful hiker by following the law of Leave No Trace (LNT) - those rules apply to your dog too!
- Carry plenty of water and food for your dog. If it’s a warm day, be wary of doggy dehydration.
- Even though lots of hiking trails are dog-friendly by law, always yield to hikers without a dog; they have the right of way.
Where to Hike in California
We caught up with a few local Californians and their trusty four-legged hiking buddies. If you’re living in California, or planning a visit soon, here are some of the best dog-friendly (currently fire-free) hikes in the Golden State that are great for you and your pup.