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Hike a Trail and Fall In Love This Weekend

February 13, 2015
Couples who are active together report higher rates of satisfaction in their relationships and often feel more in love with their partner (see Psychology Today for the full story). The BioLite team is definitely not surprised – some of our best dates have been while hiking or biking.
So why not mix it up and surprise your loved one with a romantic hike this Valentine’s day? There’s nothing better than spending some time on the trail with your loved one; conversation flows easily and there’s nothing like sipping a cup of tea or mulled wine steeped over a breathtaking view.
No matter where you live, take advantage of the great trails in your region. Below are a series of favorite treks recommended by the BioLite Team. Plus, this weekend the National Park Service is offering free entrance to many parks. Check to see if your National Park is waiving entrance fees.
Before we get to the list, let’s kick things off with a must-have recipe: surprise your partner with the following mulled wine heated over a CampStove.
  • Looking to save space or weight? Bring a tetrapack of wine. We like Bandit, and they come in 500ml sizes, which is perfect for our recipe.
  • Backpacker's tip: Pre-bag all your spices into a single baggie before you head out.
  • Slice 1 orange and bag it. Way easier than zesting, juicing, etc.
  • Adjust sweetness to your own liking by using honey straws
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • ½ bottle of red wine or 375 ml of Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 1 orange, sliced and bagged before you head out
  • 1 cinnamon stick, placed in a spice bag before you head out
  • 2 whole cloves, placed in a spice bag before you head out
  • 1 star anise, placed in a spice bag before you head out
  • 1 BioLite CampStove
  • 1 BioLite KettlePot
Combine the cider, wine, cinnamon sticks, oranges (save 2 slices for garnish), cloves, and star anise in the KettlePot. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs, and add orange slice. Stir in honey sticks for sweetness.
Okay, onto the hikes: 
San Francisco area: Try Point Reyes’ Sky trail to the Sky Camp. We had the best time shooting our new NanoGrid video here; take a look for yourself. The trail leads to a magnificent view over the Point itself. If you can, book campsite 11 for an overnight. Trust us.
Pacific Northwest: The Lava Canyon Trail, WA offers a wide array of terrain and views, and is a favorite of BioLite’s co-founder Alec Drummond. There’s an incredible suspension bridge, along with waterfalls and, yes, lava rocks.
image credit: Desertnut
Southeast: The beach at Little Tybee Island, Georgia isn’t far from Savannah at all, but feels worlds away since you have to arrive by kayak or boat. The beach is well worth the trip and is still warm and beautiful this time of year.

image credit: Nigel Law

  • Tri-state area: Cold Spring’s Washburn trail runs parallel to the fantastic Breakneck Ridge Trail, but isn’t as crowded or steep. Only 1.4 miles in, you’ll have an amazing lookout from Mount Taurus. Be sure to prepare for a winter hike for this one. Our marketing manager Jim just completed this last weekend, and enjoyed fresh tracks through knee-deep powder.
  • New England: The Camel’s Hump State Park near Huntington, Vermont is spectacular this time of year. Be sure to prepare for winter hiking – extra bonus points for carrying that clutch extra layer for your partner.
    image credit: Neahga Leonard


    There you have it – five hikes to get your heartbeat up in any number of ways.

    What’s your favorite hike? Take a picture on Instagram and tag #BioLite #Love and you may be featured this weekend!



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