TAKING A WALK STRAIGHT YOUR HEALTH IN NATIONAL PARKS: WHAT’S THE BEST PLACE TO DO EXCERCISE? PART 2

A Message From the Arthritis Foundation

Take Steps to Take Control

Living with arthritis isn’t about limiting yourself, but rather about taking control and empowering yourself to find ways to maintain your high quality of life. If you’re one of the 43 million Americans with arthritis, you can take charge of your condition and continue to enjoy your favorite activities, such as walking.

Read on to find out why walking is one of the most beneficial aerobic exercises for individuals with arthritis. Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program, and for more information about walking and arthritis, contact the Arthritis Foundation.

With 150 local offices across America, the Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization helping people take greater control of arthritis by leading efforts to prevent, control, and cure arthritis and related diseases.

Call the Arthritis Foundation toll-free at 1-800-283-7800 or visit www.arthritis.org for a free Arthritis Answers brochure.

Bald eagles and ospreys soar overhead as Maine’s forested slopes tumble into granite cliffs battered by the relentless Atlantic.

Where Mountains And Sea Collide

Walk Acadia’s varied trails and you’ll think you’ve visited a dozen different parks. Upland forests and rocky ravines; pounding surf and silent ponds; blueberry brambles and the East Coast’s highest mountain. One hundred twenty miles of nature trails and 60 miles of vehicle-free roads also include these two treasures:these two treasures:

  • The Shore Path A walk to Otter Point Is a classic Maine experience–the tang of salt air tickling your nose, ocean spray misting your face, the thundering Atlantic in your ears, and a dramatic eyeful of rocky coastline, bobbing lobster buoys, and crashing surf.
  • Hardrock Brook Loop Unlike any “trail” or “path” you’ve trekked before, this loop is actually a stone road originally designed for horse-drawn carriages in 1917. You’ll pass hand-hewn granite bridges and a 40-foot waterfall, and be serenaded by the haunting call of loons.

Looming 10,000 feet above lush Hawaiian rain forests, Maui’s giant volcano lures you inside a crater of multicolored, lava, ash, and rock.

Welcome To The Surface Of The Moon

Hiking across the Haleakala (House of the Sun) crater may remind you more of another planet than another park. Thirty-two miles of trails cross the crater floor, offering eerie views of huge volcanic vents and peaks, plus the imposing rim–first hidden, then revealed, by floating ribbons of mist and fog.

  • Sliding Sands Trail Descending into the moonscape and across the crater floor, this trail traverses a stark volcanic desert of cinder and sand.
  • Hiking the “other” Haleakala

A world away from volcanic dust, the park is also home to tropical jungles teeming with some of the planet’s rarest birds and plants. Pipiwai Trail passes dense vegetation and breathtaking ocean overlooks as it follows the plunge of a 300-foot waterfall.

Redwood National Park

This enchanted forest on Northern California’s coast is home to the tallest living things on earth–trees that have seen two thousand years.

Walk With Giants

Standing below them, you feel a wave of disbelief. Trees higher than the Statue of Liberty, sprung from seeds two millennia ago–can this really be? But wandering the soft paths of Redwood National Park–surrounded by cool air and 300 different bird songs–is a singularly peaceful experience. Whether you seek a stroll or a challenge, no trail here will disappoint.

  • Lady Bird Johnson Grove This mile-long trail is thick with ferns and fingers of sunlight streaming through the towering branches above. One of nature’s mysteries awaits–a hollowed-out, yet still living giant redwood.
  • Tall Trees Grove Aptly named, this steep, almost three-mile path winds through pink rhododendrons and lacy ferns to the Nugget Tree–365 feet tall and 900 to 1500 years old.

Canyon, buttes, gorges, plateaus–the language of the West unfolds before your eyes, revealing the world of a brand new scale.

Living Proof Of A Nature’s Awesome Power

A ferocious mile-deep gash in the earth, Arizona’s incomparable Grand Canyon yawns 18 miles wide, refusing to show even a fraction of its size in any one view. Step onto a trail and become part of the landscape.

  • The South Rim Trail

Clinging to the canyon’s edge, this unforgettable trail threads its way past breathtaking views and ever-changing colors–rose then russet then peach then gold. Watch sunrise and sunset from Hopi Point, a promontory reaching deep into the gorge. Pass a sheer cliff plunging 3,000 feet to a plateau below. Overlook the swirling Colorado River echoing with the roar of distant waterfalls.

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