Mississippi and adjoining Louisiana are not often thought of as a hiker’s paradise, mostly because of the ungodly heat, humidity, reptiles, and insects. It turns out that those are relatively minor obstacles and if you can get past those, there are some great hiking adventures to be had in and around The Hospitality State!
Heat & Humidity
Knowledge drives out fear but it does take a little skill to deal with oppressive heat and humidity safely – so here are some hints about how to have more fun with your outdoor adventures if you’re going to be hiking or camping or playing in Mississippi or Louisiana or anywhere with similar challenges.
Travelling in the southern U.S.? Going on an adventure to a tropical or subtropical or desert environment Planning on canyoneering in the summer? Here is a handful of helpful hints for surviving outdoor adventures in the extreme heat. Drink lots… Read More ›
Chub rub, chafe, friction rub, monkey butt, crotch rot, heat rash – whatever you call this unfortunate phenomenon, you know what I’m talking about and for hikers it’s a total pain in the… ahem… nether regions! It may be an uncomfortable… Read More ›
Something that you realize fast during any outdoor adventure or any disaster situation. Water weighs a LOT! 8.3 pounds per gallon adds up fast! Emergency prep experts tell us to try to stockpile 1 gallon of water per person per… Read More ›
In the spring the weather begins warming up, trees begin greening, and hikers get the itch to be outside! But humans are not the only things that start getting out in the woods in the spring. Snakes begin waking up and stirring… Read More ›
Some comedian recently struck a note with folks my age when he commented, “I really thought as a kid that quicksand would be a bigger problem in the world than it is.” It seems like back in my day, every… Read More ›
Each year, the Coleman company and the Outdoor Foundation publish a report on participation in camping and outdoor recreation by Americans. It is called the Outdoor Participation Study and you can find it online via a Google search. One of… Read More ›
A while back I wrote an article about insect repellents, in which I mostly discussed DEET and citronella. It is still tick season and the news media has been rife with articles about these horrible little ticks that can cause… Read More ›
I read some headlines several months ago about a tick, the bite of which can make people permanently allergic to red meat! It sounded so implausible that I figured it must be B.S. but it turns out it’s true. Since… Read More ›
Of all the 10 outdoor essentials that expert outdoor gurus tell us not to forget when we go outside, insect repellent is just about the most important around South Mississippi and Louisiana. Between West Nile and Zika mosquitoes, swarming gnats, and… Read More ›
Mississippi has so many fabulous places to go for a walk that this was not an easy list to come up with at all! I guess it depends on what benefits you get out of the hiking experience – everyone… Read More ›
Mississippi has a wide variety of opportunities for walking and hiking – everything from paved road hikes to hikes with hills galore! Swamps, bayous, marshes, and wetlands are amazing places chock full of fascinating flora and fauna – and Mississippi… Read More ›
Sometimes you want to get outside but you want something of an in-between nature – in-between the couch and the woods. How about a road hike where you are never more than a couple of steps from potential rescue and… Read More ›
Many moons ago, nearly all of Mississippi was a shallow sea, as evidenced by the shells and fossilized crabs and other sea creatures found throughout the state. The result of this geological history is that most of Mississippi is low… Read More ›