I’m always cheerful for an afternoon of hiking, even if it’s warm outside & the sunlight intensity is worse than usual.
That’s the reality of living in the south, even if you’re in a swampy part with lots of rattlesnakes.
These are factors that are prevalent in the woods no matter what time of year you decide to go hiking, so I remain vigilant & careful regardless of the weather. I wear tall boots to protect our ankles & calves, while keeping a hunting knife on hand & a can of bear mace in our pocket. While black bears are scarce in this area, I have only ever seen a single black bear in our life & it was here. Granted, it was a small bear that ran away immediately, but imagine if I accidentally walked up on a mother bear & her young cubs. The situation could have turned disadvantage immediately before I had a occasion to react. Whenever I go out on long hikes, I love to bring cannabis with me in a single form or another. I either bring pre-rolled joints or a cannabis vaporizer pen with me that has oil cartridges that attach. Since I don’t want to be too sedated while exerting so much physical effort, I steer clear of indica strains. That’s why I love sativa-leaning hybrids love Blue Dream. That strain is a cross between Haze & Blueberry & is still a single of the most famous cannabis strains in the world. You can find it at dispensaries in nearly every single state that has some form of legal cannabis. It’s great at relieving any pain experienced from physical exertion while simultaneously giving the brain a surge of creative energy.