This Saturday, August 31, is National Trail Mix Day! If you plan to honor this very important national holiday by hitting the outdoors with trail mix in hand, you are not alone! We plan to fix ourselves some of these delicious trail mix recipes and get out there and celebrate!
Since we already have you covered on recipes for trail mix, we’re bringing you the ultimate musical trail mix. These tunes will get you in the mood for a hike and power you through your adventures on the trails.
“Born to Run” – Bruce Springsteen
Running, hiking, dancing, singing, and various other forms of self-embarrassment immediately commence whenever “Born to Run” comes on. It may actually be scientifically impossible to stand still while The Boss is belting out lines like, “Baby, we were born to run,” and, “We’ll run till we drop/Baby we’ll never go back.” Bruce may not have had hiking in mind when he wrote the song, but it certainly couldn’t be better suited to being the soundtrack to your treks.
“The Climb” – No Doubt
If you’ve been conquering your mountain as part of the Post Grape-Nuts Fit “What’s Your Mountain?” Challenge, then you are no doubt familiar with Gwen Stefani’s use of a mountain climb to symbolize tackling a challenge. Whatever you’re striving to achieve in the great outdoors, whether it’s completing a trail, running a mile, or actually hiking a mountain, lyrics like, “So high the climb/Can’t turn back now/Must keep on climbing up to the clouds,” are sure to inspire you to push yourself further.
“Wildflowers” – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Could there be a song more filled with beautiful nature imagery? Just the mentions of wildflowers, a boat out at sea, and sailing away are enough to inspire us to get outdoors. By the time Tom is belting out pleas to, “Run away, let your heart be your guide,” and singing, “You belong somewhere you feel free,” we are practically itching to throw on our hiking boots and run free through the nearest park.
“Fred Bear” – Ted Nugent
We would quote all of the lyrics in “Fred Bear” that inspire us to head out into the forest, but then we’d have to quote the entire song. Anyone who has spent time in America’s beautiful state parks will likely relate to lines like, “The spirit of the woods is like an old good friend.” Ted may be speaking to Fred Bear when he says, “Walk with me down the trails again,” but we would be happy to join him in spirit as we hike along to this jam.
“Road to Nowhere” – The Talking Heads
If you’ve ever felt like the great outdoors are downright heavenly, then what better line to run along to than, “We’re on the road to paradise/Here we go, here we go”? “Road to Nowhere” is the rare song that actually sounds like what it’s about. The repetitive gallop of the beat makes it easy to find your groove as you travel along on your own road to nowhere… or to the trailhead, mountaintop, or wherever you may be headed. “Maybe you wonder where you are” as you hike through the parks, but with your Pocket Ranger® app’s GPS map in hand, it’s not hard to find out!
“Morning Has Broken” – Cat Stevens
This song is as gorgeous as the natural sights it describes. Dawn is a spectacular time to wake up with an invigorating hike or run, and the twinkling sounds of Cat’s piano playing are the perfect backdrop to witnessing a spectacular sunrise. Hearing Stevens sing about blackbirds, rainfall, sunlight, and the freshness of morning is enough to make us not even hate our 5am alarm when we arise bright and early to head to the trails.
What are your favorite songs to play on your hike? Leave us a comment and let us know!