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Songbirds Whistling in the Morning

The most delightful sound when waking up has to be songbirds whistling in the morning, welcoming a new day. If you sleep near a window, it’s heavenly when their airy songs drift into your room. Birders recognize these winged singers as songbirds. There are 4,000 species of songbirds, amounting to about half of the world’s birds. This includes warblers, tanagers, orioles, finches, and others. Although not all of them sing in melody, they are all characterized by their highly developed vocal organ, the syrinx. They are distinguished by their small size, sometimes colorful display, and are usually perched on a branch.

A spring morning is synonymous with the singing of birds. Starting at dawn, getting louder by sunrise, birds use singing throughout their day. There are several theories to explain this behavior. Vocalization can be used either for social communication (mostly by males to attract females), or to establish territory. Females will also sometimes sing, especially to their partner. These vocalizations are not just limited to song; they can also be used as warning calls to others, or some birds may choose to sing while in flight.

It’s no wonder that bird songs flourish during the spring, since it’s the beginning of mating season. A time when food availability increases, snow melts and the rain brings an abundance of water— what’s not to sing about? Singing loud in the morning is also a way to let everyone know that you’re still alive.

Birds songs are not meant for us, but we enjoy them nonetheless. Without them, it wouldn’t be a blooming spring, so we’ve complied a couple of our favorite songbirds who flock outside our window.

 

White-throated Sparrow

Cerulean Warbler

Red-eyed Vireo

Northern Parula

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

House Wren


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August’s Best State Park Events

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August, already?! We here at ParksByNature can’t believe it either. End your summer right by heading to one (or all!) of these great events at the State Parks.

Woodsmen’s Show
Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania
August 1-3, 2014

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Cross-cutting at the Woodsmen’s Show [Image: www.sungazette.com]

Want to see lumberjacks fell, saw, carve, haul, axe and roll giant logs? Come celebrate the life of a woodhick at the three-day annual Woodsmen’s Show at Cherry Springs State Park! Since 1952, thousands have flocked to the Woodsmen’s Show to watch cross-cutting, spring board chopping, chainsaw carving, and horse pulling competitions. Inspired by all the axe throwing and log rolling? Then sign up for the show’s amateur lumberjack competitions! At the historical logging camp, you’ll find demonstrations of traditional hunting, forging and raft-making techniques. Rousing live folk and bluegrass music will play throughout, and don’t forget to indulge in all of the show’s hearty food. Besides its logging history, Cherry Springs State Park is legendary for its dark skies. The skies at the park are so dark that the Milky Way casts a shadow! Reserve a campsite so you can see for yourself.

Jericho ATV Festival
Jericho Mountain State Park, New Hampshire
August 1-3, 2014

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Nothing like a good mud pit! [Image: www.coupleofsports.com]

It’s all about the mud at the 5th Annual Jericho ATV Festival. For one weekend, hundreds of ATVs, quads, dirt bikes, and dune buggies will be mudding it up in the waist-deep mud pits, cruising down Main Street, and tackling Jericho Mountain’s plentiful ATV trails. From amateurs to pros, everyone can compete in poker runs, obstacle courses, ATV pulls, mud pit races and grudge runs, and the popular “wreck the dress” race. For demos, giveaways, live music, beer tent and plenty of good BBQ head to the festival’s Downtown Block Party in Berlin, New Hampshire. And be sure to check out the Rave X Freestyle Show: A dirt biker and quad rider will perform heart-stopping stunts 20 feet in the air!

Away from the competition, take a ride along the 80 miles of trail at Jericho Mountain State Park. This extensive trail network offers the best OHRV riding New England has to offer with breathtaking views and varied terrain to satisfy all riders. Use Pocket Ranger®’s Official Guide for New Hampshire State Parks to mark waypoints and keep track of friends while ATV-ing together on the trails.

Twin Peaks Festival
Olallie State Park, Washington
August 1-3, 2014

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This August, fans from all over the world will flock just east of Seattle to Olallie State Park for the annual Twin Peaks Fest. Aired in the early 1990’s, this cult classic TV show by director and writer David Lynch was inspired by the area’s waterfalls, dense woods, and small town-feel. Look forward to touring the show’s filming locations and watching the pilot episode of Twin Peaks on the big screen. On Saturday night, get gussied up as your favorite character for the costume contest and dine alongside actual Twin Peaks celebrities. This year’s celebrity guests include Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne), Chris Mulkey (Hank Jennings), James Marshall (James Hurley) and more! The festival closes with a Tibetan rock-throw contest and that iconic piece of cherry pie.

Sioux River Folk Festival
Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota
August 1-3, 2014

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Get ready for three days of live fiddlin’ music, dancing, and family fun! The annual Sioux River Folk Festival at Newton Hills State Park features traditional music, such as folk, bluegrass, old time, and gospel played by some of the very best. Throughout the weekend, music and yoga workshops will also be held. During the Saturday break, musically-inclined festival-goers can sign up for a juried campground contest. Winners of this talent contest open for the festival’s big closing set on Saturday night and receive an original Headley Eyesore artwork signed by the artist himself. So you don’t miss a moment, reserve a campsite at the park using Pocket Ranger®’s Official Guide for South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks app.

World’s Longest Yard Sale
DeSoto State Park, Alabama
August 7-10, 2014

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Miles of bargains! [Image: worldslongestyardsaleproject.blogspot.com]

Did you miss Kentucky’s 400 Mile Sale or are you just hungry for more thrifting? This August, the heart of the World’s Longest Yard Sale traverses Alabama’s DeSoto State Park. As seen on HGTV, USA Today, Newsweek, and The Tonight Show, the World’s Longest Yard Sale follows U.S. 126 Corridor from Gadsden, Alabama to Addison, Michigan for more than 690-miles of scenic beauty and bargain finds. Take a dip in DeSoto State Park’s Olympic-size pool before hitting the road for another day of yard sales.

Annual Day of Honor Event
Chief Plenty Coups State Park, Montana
August 30, 2014

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Traditional dancing at the Day of Honor [Image: visitmt.com]

A day of cultural sharing, the 20th Annual Day of Honor at Chief Plenty Coups State Park commemorates the last chief of the Apsaalooke (Crow) people and his legacy of promoting understanding, peace and harmony among races. Visitors can tour Chief Plenty Coups’ log house and gravesite, and place prayer flags at the sacred medicine spring. Throughout the day, listen to storytellers and watch traditional dancing accompanied by drumming. Browse the craft fair for treasures, such as beaded items, Native American dolls, and paintings. Don’t leave before partaking in the park’s FREE buffalo feast! To feed the 600 guests, the park staff at Chief Plenty Coups State Park slow-roast a buffalo in a giant pit for twelve hours on the Day of Honor. Roast bison is served with all the traditional fixings, including corn on the cob, fry bread, watermelon and berry pudding.

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July’s Best State Park Events

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July is bursting with great events (and fireworks!) at state parks around the country. We’ve combed through the event calendars and uncovered the ones that you won’t want to miss:

Three Rivers Regatta
Point State Park, Pennsylvania
July 2 – 4, 2014

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Three Rivers Regatta [Image: www.brooklineconnection.com]

Point State Park is the place to be this summer! Just a few weeks after holding the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Point State Park gears up for another colossal event: the Three Rivers Regatta. Work on your summer tan while at Regatta Beach (one of only two makeshift inner city beaches in the world), then mosey on over to the larger-than-life replica of the Battle of Ft. McHenry made entirely of sand. Don’t blink or you could miss the powerboat races, where boats frequently top speeds of 125 mph!

Looking for more excitement? This year, the Regatta is hosting the XPogo World Championships in addition to BMX and agility dog stunt shows. A fan favorite is “Anything that Floats,” a parade of handmade, crazily decorated parade floats that bob down the river. This year’s headliners include American rock singer Steve Augeri, former lead vocalist for the rock group Journey, jazz musician Kenny Blake, and Beatlemania Magic. The Regatta culminates with Pittsburgh’s Official 4th of July Celebration fireworks, widely considered to be one of the Top 10 Fourth of July fireworks displays in the country. And did we mention that all of this fun is free? There is no admission fee and no charge for any of the Regatta’s concerts, acts, activities, or events!

 

Festival for the Eno
Durham City Park, North Carolina
July 4 – 5, 2014

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Festival for the Eno [Image: blog.fmrealty.com]

Looking for fantastic music this Independence Day weekend? Check out the 35th Annual Festival for the Eno in Durham, North Carolina. With over 65 acts on four stages, there’s sure to be something that strikes your fancy. All proceeds of ticket sales go towards funding important conservation of the Eno River Basin. An assortment of local food trucks will be serving up some great bites, and the Sweetwater Beer Garden at the heart of the festival will be happy to pour you a local brew. Be sure to rent a kayak or canoe so you can spend some quality time paddling around on the festival’s namesake! Need a place to crash for the night? Using Pocket Ranger®’s Official Guide for North Carolina State Parks, you can easily rent a campsite or vacation cabin at Eno River State Park.

 

World Championship of Catfishing & Independence Day Celebration
Pickwick Landing State Park, Tennessee
July 4 – 6, 2014

Catfish, World Championship, Tennessee, fishermen, summer

World Championship of Catfishing [Image: www.tnvacation.com]

Catfish, fireworks, bluegrass, golf. What better way to celebrate Independence Day? Pickwick Landing State Park will present an excellent fireworks display over Pickwick Lake on July 4th. Spend the night at Pickwick Landing’s inn, so you can tee up at the golf course or lounge at the beach bright and early the next day.

Nearby Savannah, Tennessee, also known as “Catfish Capital of the World,” is currently hosting the National Catfish Derby. Through July 5, any catfish caught in the Tennessee River is eligible to win. (Don’t forget to upload photos of your own monster catch onto Pocket Ranger Trophy Case®!) On July 6, the World Championship of Catfishing will have its final weigh-in at Pickwick Landing State Park with cash and prizes awarded to the winner. Not so interested in noodling for your own catfish? Then stick around for the after-party for free catfish and live music. Or grab a lawn chair and head to the 35th Annual Savannah Bluegrass Festival to listen to the best that Tennessee has to offer.

 

11th Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival
Maumee Bay State Park, Ohio
July 12 – 13, 2014

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Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival [Image: www.toledoblade.com]

Looking to tour the inside of a 100-year old lighthouse this summer? Head to the 11th Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival at Maumee Bay State Park! Since Toledo Lighthouse remains active, this festival is one of only two times annually that the lighthouse is open to visitors. Afterwards, visit the Nautical Village arts & crafts show to pick up some lighthouse-inspired souvenirs and try your luck at the silent auction. With over 200 items at the auction, you’re bound to win something! Help yourself to delicious food like brats, homemade fries, shrimp, and funnel cake while listening to Jimmy Buffet-style musical entertainment at the park’s amphitheatre. And while you can’t spend the night in the lighthouse, you can reserve a campsite (or a yurt!) at Maumee Bay State Park.

 

Bannack Days
Bannack State Park, Montana
July 19 – 20, 2014

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Bannack Days [Image: blog.rv.net]

A fun-filled weekend celebrating 152 years of history, Bannack Days at Bannack State Park is something you don’t want to miss! Learn how to shoot a black-powder rifle, pan for gold, and hand-dip a souvenir candle. Watch the local blacksmith forge incredible works of art and take a wagon ride along Bannack’s historic main street. Get ready for good eats like ice cream, kettle corn, fry bread, corn on the cob, and fresh lemonade. Throughout both days, there will be plenty of live bluegrass, gospel, and old-time fiddler music. And keep your eyes peeled for a few staged gunfights!

 

4th Annual Wakonda Indian Festival
Glen Elder State Park, Kansas
July 19 – 20, 2014

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Wakonda Indian Festival [Image: www.sparkpeople.com]

Dancing, drumming, storytelling: Learn all about Native American culture firsthand at the 4th Annual Wakonda Indian Festival at Glen Elder State Park. Waconda Lake was once a spring, believed to hold great healing powers. On the shores of this lake, there will be traditional and contemporary Native American drumming and dances, such as the Hoop Dance and Crow Hop Dance. Stories and legends will be told by master storyteller Ron Brave in the festival’s tipi. Help yourself to delicious Indian tacos, fry bread, and buffalo burgers, and browse the fine silverwork, leatherwork, jewelry, and dreamcatchers on display. Since it’s sure to be a bit warm that day, bring along a bathing suit so you can take a dip in Waconda Lake.

 

June 2014’s Best State Park Events

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Looking for something to kick off your summer? Here are five rousing state park events that we think will fit the bill:

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Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pennsylvania [Image: www.3riversartsfest.org]

Three Rivers Arts Festival
Point State Park, Pennsylvania
June 6-15, 2014

For 10 glorious days, this large, bustling art and performing arts fair takes over Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh. Listen to top-notch touring musicians, behold the work of acclaimed visual artists, and participate in creative hands-on activities and art installations. Best part about the Three Rivers Arts Festival? It’s free! Artwork from over 1,000 artists will also be on display, and this year’s top performers include: Lucinda Williams, Jeff Tweedy, Sam Bush, Amos Lee, and Trampled by Turtles. When your ears have had enough music for the day, make sure to check out Point State Park’s iconic, 100-foot tall fountain. Better yet, use Pocket Ranger®’s Official Guide for Pennsylvania State Parks & Forests to take a photo waypoint selfie in front of it to share with all of your Facebook and Twitter friends.

 

Map of 400 Mile Yard Sale, Kentucky

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“400 Mile Sale” Yard Sale
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Kentucky
June 5-8, 2014

Get your bargain-finding game face on! From June 5th – June 8th, Kentucky will burst at the seams with yard sale goodies across 400 miles of its scenic and historic Highway 68. Camp at Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park to put yourself at the heart of the thrifting. Not sure if you’re ready to pay for a treasure you’ve uncovered at one of the hundreds of yard sale tables? Mark it as a waypoint using Pocket Ranger®’s Official Guide for Kentucky State Parks, so you can find your way back to it at the end of the day! While in the area, don your leather jacket for the Elkton Bike Night or pull on the family tartan for the Highland Scottish Games in Barren River State Park. And don’t forget to pick up your 400 Mile Sale t-shirt! There’s a limited supply of them!

Utah Lake Festival, Utah, mountains, lake, lawn, summer, boat, tents, forest

Utah Lake Festival, Utah [image: www.enjoyutah.org]

Utah Lake Festival
Utah Lake State Park, Utah
Saturday June 7, 2014

Like boats? How about scenic mountain views? How about a boat tour on a lake with scenic mountain views? The 10th Annual Utah Lake Festival at Utah Lake State Park has all of that and more. With a unique boat show, sailboat regatta, lake tours, and activities for the kids, there’s something for everyone at this festival. Admission is free, and in past years, we’ve heard the park’s provided free hot dogs and popcorn!

World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, Killens Pond Water Park, Delaware, bathing suits, pool, kids, summer, lifeguards

World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, Delaware [Image: catodayblog.wordpress.com]

World’s Largest Swimming Lesson
Killens Pond Water Park, Delaware
June 20, 2014

Wanna help break a Guinness World Record? Killens Pond Water Park will host the “World’s Largest Swimming Lesson” with the hopes of breaking the Guinness World Record for largest simultaneous swimming lesson conducted. This event is part of a global effort to raise awareness and encourage education for drowning prevention. In 2011, over 20,000 people representing 15 different countries participated! The lesson lasts 30 minutes; after that, spend the day lounging poolside. Or take a spin on Killens Pond State Park‘s new twisty pool slide!

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Barnegat Lighthouse, New Jersey [Image: www.familyvacationcritic.com]

Lighthouse Campfire
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, New Jersey
June 28, 2014

What better way to close the month of June than on a sandy beach making s’mores and listening to live music with friends? On June 28th, listen to the Basement Musicians Guild play some country and folk favorites and take an evening stroll down the beach. Afterwards, climb to the top of Barnegat Lighthouse for the best view of the night sky. You’ll be glad you did.

Snow Day Soundtrack: 5 Songs to Fuel Your Winter Adventures

With the holiday season over, you may think you’ve heard the last of seasonal music until next December rolls around. Well, that doesn’t have to be the case, especially if you’re planning to explore the parks this winter. Last summer we published our list of the 6 best songs for the ultimate hiking trail mix, but if there’s any season that requires a bit of extra motivation to head outdoors, winter is it. With that in mind, we’ve compiled this snow day soundtrack to fuel your winter adventures.

snowboarding

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“Cold as Ice” – Foreigner

The delightfully cheesy rock stylings of Foreigner would be great at powering hikes any time of year, but “Cold as Ice” is especially ideal for motivating winter excursions. Okay, so the song might be about at an ice-cold former lover and not the great outdoors, but that doesn’t make the thumping refrain any less wonderful at inspiring snowy excursions. Snowshoe treks and snowmobile rides become even more fun with “Cooooold as iiiiiiiiice” repeating in your ears.

“Hazy Shade of Winter” – Simon and Garfunkel

Folk rockers Simon and Garfunkel probably don’t make it onto many exercise playlists, but they should – at least when it comes to “Hazy Shade of Winter”! Who knows better than outdoor enthusiasts that “seasons change with the scenery”?

winter fishing

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Give a listen to this song when you explore the winter scenery at the parks, and we bet you’ll relate to the duo’s observations that “leaves are brown, there’s a patch of snow on the ground” and “the sky is a hazy shade of winter.” If 60s folk rock isn’t your thing, 80s pop band The Bangles also recorded a version.

“Snow (Hey Oh)” – Red Hot Chili Peppers

We suspect that the formerly hard-partying Red Hot Chili Peppers probably aren’t literally singing about snow, but that doesn’t mean this song isn’t a fantastic wintertime jam to play in the outdoors (it is)! After all, “Deep beneath the cover of another perfect wonder where it’s so white as snow” could be a perfect description of the wondrous, snow-blanketed state parks. Lead singer Anthony Kiedis has said that the song is about having a blank slate for a fresh start. If you’re spending time outdoors as part of your 2014 New Year’s resolution, you can probably relate!

“California Dreamin'” – The Mamas & the Papas

If you’re more of a reluctant wintertime explorer, “California Dreamin'” might just be the perfect song for you, especially if the observation, “All the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray,” sounds more like a buzzkill than a good reason to head outdoors.

siberian husky

Guess who’s not California Dreamin’? This guy!
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When you’re out in the cold, dreaming of warmer climates and sunnier skies, play this track and know that at least The Mamas & the Papas understand how you feel. Misery isn’t the only feeling that loves company; coldness likes it too!

“Winter Time” – Steve Miller Band

Another song about winter, another reference to brown leaves. Not only does Steve Miller mention the foliage, he also touches on the “so chill” wind and the birds that have flown south for the season. Miller might sing, “I’m callin’, hear me callin’…” but in our world, the only thing we hear calling is the snow! Crank up this jam and answer the call of the winter wild.

winter forest

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We hope these tunes have inspired you to get outside before the snow melts (you’ve got some time). What’s the snow day soundtrack to your winter excursions? Let us know in the comments!

Oh, and if you need some ideas for fun winter activities, just browse your Pocket Ranger® app’s Explore feature By Activity or browse our blog’s Winter Activities tag!

The 6 Best Songs for the Ultimate Hiking Trail Mix

This Saturday, August 31, is National Trail Mix Day! If you plan to honor this very important national holiday by hitting the outdoors with trail mix in hand, you are not alone! We plan to fix ourselves some of these delicious trail mix recipes and get out there and celebrate!

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Hiking (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)

Since we already have you covered on recipes for trail mix, we’re bringing you the ultimate musical trail mix. These tunes will get you in the mood for a hike and power you through your adventures on the trails.

“Born to Run” – Bruce Springsteen

Running, hiking, dancing, singing, and various other forms of self-embarrassment immediately commence whenever “Born to Run” comes on. It may actually be scientifically impossible to stand still while The Boss is belting out lines like, “Baby, we were born to run,” and, “We’ll run till we drop/Baby we’ll never go back.” Bruce may not have had hiking in mind when he wrote the song, but it certainly couldn’t be better suited to being the soundtrack to your treks.

“The Climb” – No Doubt

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Image: www.setemagali.com

If you’ve been conquering your mountain as part of the Post Grape-Nuts Fit “What’s Your Mountain?” Challenge, then you are no doubt familiar with Gwen Stefani’s use of a mountain climb to symbolize tackling a challenge. Whatever you’re striving to achieve in the great outdoors, whether it’s completing a trail, running a mile, or actually hiking a mountain, lyrics like, “So high the climb/Can’t turn back now/Must keep on climbing up to the clouds,” are sure to inspire you to push yourself further.

“Wildflowers” – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Could there be a song more filled with beautiful nature imagery? Just the mentions of wildflowers, a boat out at sea, and sailing away are enough to inspire us to get outdoors. By the time Tom is belting out pleas to, “Run away, let your heart be your guide,” and singing, “You belong somewhere you feel free,” we are practically itching to throw on our hiking boots and run free through the nearest park.

“Fred Bear” – Ted Nugent

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Image: www.forestfoliage.com

We would quote all of the lyrics in “Fred Bear” that inspire us to head out into the forest, but then we’d have to quote the entire song. Anyone who has spent time in America’s beautiful state parks will likely relate to lines like, “The spirit of the woods is like an old good friend.” Ted may be speaking to Fred Bear when he says, “Walk with me down the trails again,” but we would be happy to join him in spirit as we hike along to this jam.

“Road to Nowhere” – The Talking Heads

If you’ve ever felt like the great outdoors are downright heavenly, then what better line to run along to than, “We’re on the road to paradise/Here we go, here we go”? “Road to Nowhere” is the rare song that actually sounds like what it’s about. The repetitive gallop of the beat makes it easy to find your groove as you travel along on your own road to nowhere… or to the trailhead, mountaintop, or wherever you may be headed. “Maybe you wonder where you are” as you hike through the parks, but with your Pocket Ranger® app’s GPS map in hand, it’s not hard to find out!

“Morning Has Broken” – Cat Stevens

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Image: www.themumukshusoul.wordpress.com

This song is as gorgeous as the natural sights it describes. Dawn is a spectacular time to wake up with an invigorating hike or run, and the twinkling sounds of Cat’s piano playing are the perfect backdrop to witnessing a spectacular sunrise. Hearing Stevens sing about blackbirds, rainfall, sunlight, and the freshness of morning is enough to make us not even hate our 5am alarm when we arise bright and early to head to the trails.

What are your favorite songs to play on your hike? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Hiking Hits: Fall Trail Mix

Pocket Ranger®’s seasonal song picks for those who enjoy a little musical accompaniment when hitting the trails.

As we straddle the end of one season and beginning of the next (fall is but a few days away!) it’s not always easy to transition between outdoor activities. Though we many of us might have spent the summer months splashing away on the shoes of our favorite beaches, waterskiing the lengths of our local lakes and recharging with healthy doses of picnicking, grilling and barbecuing, it’s now time to dust off the tents, find your trusty hunting gear and map some fall hikes. Not ready to make the move just yet? Saying no the slew of fun, fall activities that lay ahead will be a little tougher when you’ve got thoughts of running, breaking a sweat and the likes pumping in your ear nonstop—literally. Because music is our number one motivator, our fall trail mix is a grab-bag of hits meant to get you motivated to hit the trails. Hit play, reach for your Pocket Ranger® to mark and share your waypoints, and welcome fall the way nature intended.

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