Take a Hike!

Dated: May 23 2020

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With the summer months and hopes for more pleasant weather ahead and weeks of quarantine having kept us safe at home, we turn to our local trails to get some fresh air, time outside and a reprieve from cabin fever. With more people enjoying these local areas, it is a good time to review some basic guidelines for their use.

Coronavirus may impact open and closing times and capacity numbers on the trail, as well as the implementation of social distancing standards. Before heading out, be sure to check the location's website or social media sites before visiting to get specifics. Social distancing on the trail would mean to not gather in groups while on the trail and avoiding playgrounds or other areas where groups may form, keeping 6 feet between you and others at all times and leave any area where you cannot keep a 6-foot distance. Remember to carry water, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes with you to further protect yourself, and in general use these items often, refrain from touching your face, and stay home if you are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms.

Trails that you visit will follow federal, state and local laws that are in use in other public places. For instance, no alcohol, no smoking and no illegal drugs. Traffic laws will apply at crosswalks and intersections. Camping may only be allowed in designated camping areas or private campsites.

Appropriate types of trail use may vary by trail. Depending on the trail, you may find uses including walking, jogging, biking, using hover boards, skateboards, bikes, electric bikes, etc. Double check with the trail to confirm what is allowed. That said, standard etiquette on the trail includes using safe speeds regardless of how being used. In addition, when using the trail, keep right and pass left. Should you find yourself standing still, stand aside, so that others may pass you buy. Also, when another trail user is coming from the opposite direction, walk single file with those with you, rather than shoulder to shoulder, to allow all to pass. Remember to stay alert while out on the trail, and it is always a good idea to wear visible clothing.

Visiting trails and parks we recall the standard practice to "leave no trace" by cleaning up after ourselves and our pets, and not disturbing vegetation. As the saying goes, "take only pictures, leave only footprints."

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Melissa and Todd Rolland

Melissa Rolland is a real estate salesperson, accredited home stager and has been a real estate investor for over a decade, helping hundreds of homeowners buy houses, sell houses, and invest in real e....

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