A breath of fresh air, the ability to enjoy ‘peace and quiet’ with family and friends, and healthy exercise. These are all perks of hiking.
My fascination with hiking began when I was a little girl. My Polish grandparents and my parents often took me to the Southern Polish town of Zakopane, surrounded by the Tatra Mountains. Zakopane is a very popular ski destination, and offers abundant opportunity for year-round hiking.
One of my favorite spots in the Tatra Mountains is Morskie Oko, “Eye of the Sea,” the largest lake in the mountains. The lake has a large trout population and is arguably the most beautiful lake I have seen.
Around the lake is the highest peak in the Tatras, Rysy (2,499 meters), which my mom took on by herself once. I hope to return there again!
HIKING CLOSER TO BOSTON
This weekend, I explored Purgatory Chasm State Reservation in Sutton, Massachusetts. As the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation notes, “the Chasm is believed to have its origin in the sudden release of damned-up glacial meltwater near the end of the last Ice Age, approximately 14,000 years ago.”
Though its name suggests a somewhat daunting prospect, the short hike was very enjoyable. Rain and thunderstorms threatened, but luckily it remained dry. As you continue through Purgatory Chasm’s Loop Trail, you walk along large ‘granite walls’ and can easily spot boulder caves. Rock formations in the area boast comical names such as Lovers’ Leap, the Devil’s Corn Crib, and my boyfriend and I braved “Fat Man’s Misery.” Though I like hiking, I’m also a bit afraid of heights, but I pushed myself to “conquer” Fat Man’s Misery and it was a great rush!
Where are your favorite hiking destinations? What do you enjoy about hiking?