Walk af­ter dark to gain fresh per­spec­tives on fa­mil­iar ground

The Simple Things - - MISCELLANY -

Night hikes are a dif­fer­ent way to ex­pe­ri­ence na­ture, to get a flavour of what the world looks like when you’re nor­mally tucked up in bed. Here’s how to be al­right on the night:

• Go on a clear night with a full moon for op­ti­mum vi­sion. Re­mem­ber your eyes will take around 30 to 45 min­utes to ad­just to the dark. Tune into your other senses. Pack head­lamps (and ex­tra bat­ter­ies) in case re­quired, but don’t for­get that switch­ing them on will switch off that night vi­sion your eyes have de­vel­oped. A lamp with a red light op­tion is bet­ter for see­ing at night.

• Pick a lo­ca­tion you know, some­where flat and prefer­ably open. • Go with other peo­ple for safety. • Move slowly: safety rea­sons again, but it’ll also al­low you to en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence – the sounds, the stars and the squeaks of wildlife...

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