HIKING IN MISSISSIPPI

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.

Survive oppressive heat when hiking

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 of water or you will die – perhaps as much as a liter/quart per hour if exerting in the heat. […]

Chub rub

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 topic to discuss, but it is vital to have a plan to deal with it because chafing of the thighs […]

10 essentials – water

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 day in the event of emergencies – and to be prepared to last out the first 72 hours of any emergency […]

How to deal with reptiles

Is that snake poisonous or not?

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 around and there are always a lot of snake encounters this time of year.  Hikers are often wondering whether or […]

Snuggly snakes and cowboy camping

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 other superhero or western TV series eventually got around to having a protagonist trapped in quicksand and barely escaping. Another […]

woman in brick room with table, chairs, window. disgusted or annoyed expression, folded arms

4 excuses southerners use to avoid camping (and how to beat those excuses!)

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 the interesting results from the 2016 Outdoor Participation study is that Americans in southern and southeastern states are much less […]

How to deal with insects

What repels insects and ticks too?

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 a debilitating, permanent allergy to red meat, so I figured to do a follow-up/update. In review (from the previous article), […]

This tick can make you allergic to red meat!

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 I first read about the rare and bizarre alpha-gal allergy that can be caused by the bite of the Lone […]

10 Essentials – Insect repellent

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 the painful bites of horseflies the size of your finger, I doubt anyone is able to travel abroad in Mississippi […]

Great hikes in Mississippi

The 6 most rewarding hikes in Mississippi

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 gets something different out of hiking. Some of the most common benefits that I’ve heard people talk about include exercise, […]

boardwalk leading through cypress swamp on the Natchez Trace Parkway

4 wonderful swamp hikes in Mississippi

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 has its share of wonderful wetlands that are perfect for hiking! Percy Quin State Park I know! I go on […]

5 great road hikes in Mississippi

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 you probably even have cell reception the whole time! Mississippi has many natural wonders that you should definitely explore, but […]

5 great hill hikes in Mississippi

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 and relatively flat – the receding waters dragged soil with them and generally smoothed the landscape. There are two major […]

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