Hiking for Good and Outlandish Experiences are teaming up in November to present an Autumn Series that leaves no one behind.
California Naturalist Steve Roddy will join Hiking For Good’s Laura Petersen for some of the best trails and urban walks of the season during these outings designed for folks who enjoy the act of taking it slow and “sauntering” in the outdoors.
“Do you know the origin of that word saunter? It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the middle ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going they would reply, ‘A la sainte terre’, ‘To the Holy Land.’ And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not ‘hike’ through them,” said John Muir.
Held five Fridays in November, these one – two mile outings for people of all ages, are meant to immerse participants in nature allowing the practice of awareness and observation skills. Field guides, journals, cameras and binoculars are welcome and encouraged. The cost is $100 for the month-long series of five walks or $25 per outing.
A Field Notebook, Hiking for Good sticker and journaling pen are included with registration of the full series.
The month of sauntering begins on Friday, November 2 with a two hour fall walk at Rock Creek Nature Trail to explore the plants, trees, fungi, lichen and more founded in this wooded setting. On Friday, Nov. 9 the guides will lead a tree tour in downtown Nevada City, looking for 42 native and nursery varieties of trees in full fall color. On Friday, Nov. 16, adventurers will travel to 6,000 feet elevation in the Sierra Nevada from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to visit a high alpine meadow, an important bird area shaped by geology and ringed with quaking aspen.
Following Thanksgiving, on Black Friday, Nov. 23 guides will return to lower elevations with a trip to Round Mountain to take participants on a walk through a forest of Ponderosa pine, black oak, incense cedar, kitkitdizze and wild rose to an excellent view spot. The series concludes on Friday, Nov. 30 with a field trip to 9,100-acre Gray Lodge Wildlife Area to observe the migrating waterfowl on the Pacific Flyway who flock in great numbers to this important wetland area.
About the Guides
Laura Petersen is a writer and experienced hiking guide who founded Hiking for Good in the summer of 2018 when she was preparing for her first backpacking trip.
Steve Roddy is a Certified California Naturalist and experienced hiking guide known for his quick wit and knack for storytelling.
Learn more and register HERE.