While writing a post early this month about A Virtual Hike on the Israel National Trail, I thought about where else I could take a virtual hike. At the same time I was also setting some walking goals as I try to get back in a little better shape.
I decided to combine the two items and started to keep track of how many miles I walked a day and following my progress on a map. I decided that my first virtual destination would be Yosemite.
Of course Google Maps is a great tool for something like this. There are probably apps that do this, but I wanted to do it on my own. I set my home as the start and Yosemite Valley Visitor Center as the destination. I then selected the walk icon so that it included trails. I had several routes to choose from, but picked the one that went through Groveland as this is the route I would take if I was driving and one that I know fairly well.
It was also a route where I could easily image the scenery as I passed and remember a few things along the way like the Cobden House where I did some volunteer work one weekend.
I decided to use a start point of July 1, and looked up the first few days in the Health app on my i-Phone. At the rate I had been walking it was going to take me a very long time to get to Yosemite. Having a goal definitely helped as it motivated me to walk further each day.
With the virtual hike I don’t have to worry about how difficult the path is, as I am doing most of my walking on the flat sidewalks near home 🙂
Today I had only about 1.2 miles to go and I easily made it to my virtual destination.
I am not sure yet of my next destination, but I am not going to magically return home. My next virtual hike will start at Yosemite and I will head toward Nevada. There are a few possible places in Nevada that may be the next destination. I am looking for something that would take about a month of walking to reach so that I have an August goal.
I am already three miles toward my next goal wherever it may be 🙂