‘Tour Our Trails’ Challenge Kicks Off to Encourage Residents to Visit, Explore Outdoors

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San Diego County unveiled on Wednesday the, “Tour Our Trails” challenge to encourage residents to visit parks and explore different trails as a safe socially distant activity during the coronavirus pandemic.

San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, Supervisor Jim Desmond along with County Parks and Recreation staff kicked off the challenge before the July 4 holiday weekend to encourage safe, socially distant, outdoor recreation.

From the creek bed of Los Penasquitos County Preserve to the summit of the El Cajon mountain, the hiking challenge will take you around the county with 15 hikes. The hiking challenge starts with five easy hikes followed by five moderate hikes, and five that are considered tough.

“The County has so many unique parks, from San Elijo Lagoon on the coast to the breathtaking peaks of the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve,” said Supervisor Gaspar. “I hope the healthy competition

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Consumers Are Trading in Summer Vacation Plans for the Great Outdoors

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As Americans continue to make changes due to the coronavirus pandemic, new summer vacation trends have begun to emerge.

After weeks, and in some cases months, of staying indoors many have started looking at camping and road trips as the ideal social distancing activity. According to NPD Group, as national parks and other parts of the country begin to reopen, key camping, RV and road trip items are seeing double and triple-digit growth.

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Data from the 2020 North American Camping report, by Kampgrounds of America in April, found that while timing remains unclear for when Americans will feel comfortable enough to start traveling there are indications that camping is well-positioned to rebound quicker than other types of travel. Moreover, the COVID-19 crisis has drawn more campers and first-time campers to the activity.

NPD’s retail sales data supports these findings, showing

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