I enjoy hiking and I love my dogs; put that together and you’ve got one happy hiker. Of course, you don’t have to bring a dog. You could take one of the kids. Maybe.
I recently came across this book by Wynne Benti & Megan Lawlor purely by chance. I found it to be a great source for hiking and wanted to share it with my readers. Yeah, I’m a big dog nut but keep in mind that these hikes are just as wonderful with a human companion as they are with a canine.
I’ve lived here in Las Vegas for quite some time, but my hiking knowledge is pretty slim. Megan Lawlor, co-author of this wonderful book is a born-and-raised Las Vegas native. Her insights on desert hiking with dogs are a must for visitors and locals alike. I’m sure she hated to give up some of her secret areas of refuge to the public but I’m glad she did. I had no idea how many wonderful places there were to explore just a short ride away.
We locals and many visitors are familiar with hiking trails at Mt. Charleston or Red Rock Canyon. Megan opens up a whole new adventure with trails that don’t even have official names like Trail of the Mustangs or Wild Horse Watering Holes. You can imagine how it must have been for early settlers to pioneer across the desert. The views and the wildlife that you encounter all around you on the hikes makes you really appreciate the land and your environment and it’s fun too.
Everything you need to know is in this book. There are maps and directions that show how to get to the various trails. The authors rate how difficult the hike is; not just for you but for your dog as well. It details everything you need to know; what to wear, what to bring and how much, the best times to go, how long the hike is and about how long it should take. Enjoying your hike means being properly prepared. A small bottle of water isn’t going to cut it for you and your best doggie friend if you’re doing a 10 mile hike.
Where to Purchase the Book
Go here to find it on Amazon. It’s a great source for your desert adventures. Buy it.