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Hey kind krafters! I hope you’re all doing well and positively transitioning into these shorter wintery days. This week I wanted to talk about something pretty important, and that is safety in the outdoors. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to make nature more accessible, and have used this blog and my posts are a platform in which to do so. Nature is amazing and should be open to everyone, and my dream is to have nature become a more inclusive space in which all people want to engage and explore, and feel comfortable and capable of doing so.
But at the same time nature is a place in which we can find ourselves in a lot of danger, especially if we are new to the experience. And even those of us with a lot experience can find ourselves in danger.
Two months ago, I was in the midst of the one of the worst experiences of my life. I was extremely sick, in and out of the ER, off from work, and basically confined to the couch and my bed. Sometime later and we have determined that the most likely reason for my sudden and largely inexplicable illness was a bacterial infection contracted from a strange bug bite, which made its way into my blood stream and caused my body to go a little crazy trying to fight it. The bug bite was most likely one I got while lying in the grass one afternoon at the lake, when I felt a sharp pinch and had a strange bite, but found no bug on me, and had no telltale marks of a tick or spider bite.
So yeah, nature can be a little bit scary and dangerous, BUT it remains a place of wonder that can and should be open to everyone. Below I’ve compiled a list of some tips, tricks, and suggestions that I have learned, both the easy and the hard way, from my adventures outdoors and want to pass along. As always, feel free and encouraged to send me your tips, tricks, and suggestions so we can continue this conversation and explore the world together!
Hiking the Bluff this past weekend.
A list of helpful and handy things to keep in your pack for everything from a short morning woods walk to a full day hike…
Hiking through the Wolfville Watershed, definitely a day I was thankful