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Already as a young girl I was aware of the beauty around me. Spending hours in nature near my parents’ home. With or without our dog I made my own hikes through the woods, along the seashore and the meadows around our country house. More recently I combined this irresistible passion for nature with another hobby….. Photography! Which fits seamlessly with my urge to be ‘out’ on a daily basis. Nature is an endless source of inspiration and energy. We all know that many creative minds get their ideas and inspiration from Mother Nature. That is not by accident. Walking, surrounded by the ‘real’ world, opens up our overloaded brains. You may name it meditation, reflection or whatever. Fact is that walking balances our restless minds. Either you want to be in deep contact with your inner world and listen only to the sounds of nature, or just walk to see the beauty of astonishing Estonia.
When you're in Estonia and find yourself in a hotel room, wondering where to go or what to do, then come and discover hiking in Estonia. Estonian hiking trails and nature provide for an unforgettable experience, but keep in mind the unwritten rules of hiking:
- Silence is golden. If you're in the wilderness and on hiking trails, then preferably your listening to the sounds of nature and not listening to death-metal blasting from your portable speakers. Avoid disturbing birds and animals you might encounter, as well as other hikers on the trail. Alas if you can't live without music, earbuds are the choice for you.
- Yield to uphill hikers. Those who come up on the trail have right of way, so please step aside and let them pass. Depending on the season, many Estonian hiking routes can get quite populated, so if you see somebody huffing and puffing up the trail, try not to break their momentum.
- Give way to faster hikers. I enjoy experiencing nature at a slower pace, but many do not, and run through the trails like it's a race, still it's good etiquette to give way to those faster than you.
- Taking a break, move off the trail. Sharing the trail with a group or family is a wonderful experience, but when you want to have a rest, move off the trail to let others pass.
- Leave no trace. Back in what you back out, taking all your trash with you. Don't feed or approach wildlife.
There is a saying to sum up the unwritten etiquette for hikers :” Kill nothing but time, leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures, keep nothing but memories, believe in nothing but yourself”