With the high gas prices, my wife and dog and I have been doing a lot of hiking through different nearby neighborhoods. We make a tour typically starting on a little trail, then going through neighborhoods, crossing school grounds, then more neighborhoods, then crossing a park, a creek, then back to a circle. It's cheaper, uses less fossil fuels, and time travelling great distances. We also feel more connected to our community. It is a creative feeling to figure out a really good route that is fairly close by, goes through beautiful areas, covers different terrain features, and is fun for the dog, too. It's also good exercise.