I’m Nalini better known as Hiking Misadventures. I didn’t grow up adventuring in the outdoors. But at 34, I thru hiked the Appalachian Trail without much experience. With each step and mistake (there were so many of them!) on the trail, I gained skills and confidence. More importantly, I learned there is no correct way to enjoy the outdoors and everyone including the most experienced enthusiasts make mistakes! I hope the resources you find here empowers you to jump into your own outdoor adventure and embrace the art of learning through mistakes!



  • Mary’s Rock
    At just over 3 miles, Mary’s Rock is a short hike but yet manages to provides a good work out, offers expansive views from the summit, and is very pet-friendly. ROUTE SUMMARY The trailhead is at the end of the Meadow Spring parking area which is fairly large with flush toilets and portable water. Although… Continue Reading →
  • Yosemite National Park
    Is there a place more treasured within the U.S. National Park system than Yosemite National Park? This country’s modern understanding of conservation of public lands begins with the Yosemite’s designation as a National Park. While the idea of Yosemite has great importance, the Park itself offers unimaginable beauty that can only be experienced in person!… Continue Reading →
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park
    Tucked at the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range which rise up to over 13,000 feet in Colorado, Great Sand Dunes National Park, home to sand dunes rising up to 750 feet, is truly a unique and exotic wilderness wonder. Created as a the result of wind and rain eroding the mountain ranges… Continue Reading →
  • Grand Canyon National Park
    Each national park has it’s own beauty, specialness and some even have iconic status, but Grand Canyon National Park stands above them all. It is one of the most well-known parks and over 6 million people visit this wonderous place on any given year. Of course the beauty of this 6,093 foot gorge carved by… Continue Reading →


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