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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Jun 7, 2008

It seems like there’s a day, a week, or a month to celebrate everything, but did you know that today is National Trails Day?

It’s a day dedicated to adventuring in the outdoors and to celebrate our city, county, state, and national parks. Our country has set aside trails so we can appreciate nature and get exercise somewhere else than on a track or treadmill.

Fort Defiance State Park on the southwest edge of Estherville is probably one of the best places you can find to celebrate National Trails Day. The Friends of Fort Defiance have built a new trail from the west edge of the native prairie area and along Spring Creek to the confluence with School Section Creek. It’s a “low-impact” trail, meaning the new trail follows the creek bank at a relatively low grade so it is not as prone to washout as earlier trails. It’s a great hike and a wonderful way to celebrate one of our local natural wonders.

The other trails are still in place at Fort Defiance. One includes what was once touted as the longest toboggan run in Iowa and starts just east of the lodge. There are also other trails branching off in the valley below.

Fortunately, our country is seeing a renewed interest in trails development. And that’s a good thing. Hiking is something that people of all ages can do. It’s relatively inexpensive and requires little more than a good pair of hiking boots or athletic shoes, bug spay and sunscreen. And it gives you a view of something you don’t normally see — wildlife and a renewed peace of mind.

So take a hike today. You’ll be a happier and healthier person for it.

We don’t want to sound like a broken record, but city crews should be congratulated yet again for doing such a bang-up job of clearing away downed limbs after high winds came through Estherville Thursday night. While there was significant damage, particularly where a large limb fell on some cars, crews helped clear the sidewalks and streets of debris so people could get to work and do their business.

So thanks again to the street crews for all the great things you do!