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The 20 Best Outdoor Adventures for Police Officers

Tania Khadder

5. Hiking Through the Garden of Gods





Nestled within Illinois’ Shawnee National Forest, this wilderness area (and geological masterpiece) is alleged to be over 320 million years old. Come here to see the unusual rock formations — you’ll be amazed by some of the intricate designs.

There are two main hiking trails: the Observation Trail and the River-to-River Trail. The first is famous for its spectacular views of the local geology. The latter — and longer — path stretches 30 miles from the Ohio River, is equally scenic, and offers a few camping stops along the way (just $5 a night). Park entrance is free. Tip: Bring a compass and a map. Trails are marked by painted wooden signs, but it’s easy to miss one if you’re not paying attention.

Contact the local visitor’s bureau for information on camping, rock climbing and horseback riding at the site.






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    ddeangelo

    over 4 years ago

    176 Comments

    Maybe, latter. Police work is about commitment to your citens, and your fellow officers. The job never comes with dowl moment but, alot hard cases. It's not activies witch you can do anytime, it's about being a good cop, the repect of an indivigle, and getting the bad gyes. Mainly being above and beond the call of duty, sleepless nights on case, and pertecting and seriving you city, and state. Giving back only the good with in you. Thats what I know police work is about, because my dad was a cop and that is what he did.

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    ksmith67

    over 5 years ago

    14 Comments

    Better yet, ride your motorcycle!

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    BAA

    over 5 years ago

    6 Comments

    Add a "Adventure" clause to everyone's contract so we can take the time out to actually enjoy these!!

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    blkdragon1212

    over 5 years ago

    248 Comments

    Your mental balance won't last long if you don't keep yourself grounded. There is no better way to do that than to have interest beyond law enforcement. It gets better when you can, and do share these interest with a girlfriend, wife, son, daughter who are not in the business. In fact, it is a great way to show your family that your are more than a badge.

    While I am not saying that you can't share these adventures with a cop buddy, it is best when you can forget the job, and just enjoy yourself. Remember ladies and gents, you are not cops, you are far more interesting than that. You are a person, complete and complicated, who happens to be in law enforcement as a vocation. Now, get out there and enjoy yourselves!

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    Anonymous

    over 5 years ago

    Now, this is a refreshing article...!!! GREAT!

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    1rican

    almost 6 years ago

    1256 Comments

    FANTASTIC

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    MidnightMike

    almost 7 years ago

    470 Comments

    Try rafting the Grand Canyon, too...my father took me a few years ago and it was a fantastic trip.

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    Anonymous

    about 6 years ago

    Go anywhere in North Idaho, there is nothing but outdoors things to do. Officers for the most part, I think, just really enjoy the outdoors and being active otherwise they wouldn't be officers. Just my insight

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    Anonymous

    about 6 years ago

    Hike the Canyon (Grand) and go a little further than the hamlet of Havasupai to the Supai falls! Turquoise colored water and cliffs! Always be aware of the weather in the area because many have lost their lives due to flash floods that can frequent this area, especially during the "Monsoons". All over AZ there are enormous Cliff dwellings that USED to be on the topo maps. Find someone that has lived here for many years (that has copies of these old maps) and you might be treated to a picture taking time of your life. Don't tell everybody!

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    wiseass0282

    about 6 years ago

    10934 Comments

    I spent a week camping in Yosemite National Park a few years ago. I didn't want to go home. Everything there is huge. The sky is so clear it seems like you can see forever. Like in Texas, when looking up at night you are amazed at how many stars there are up there. Caught my first rainbow trout in the Mercer river and even trying panning for gold, ( no luck ). Great time.

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    BPAIZZY

    about 6 years ago

    406 Comments

    The Keys!!!!

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    Wings_as_Eagles4031

    about 6 years ago

    88 Comments

    Big Bend is my favorite, many night up till about 2 or 3 in the morning just looking at the stars there is so many that even without the moon you do not need a flashlight, it is so bright with the moon some of our group said it was to bright to go to sleep. And to top it off the west Texas territory is the best place in the US, the King Ranch offers week long stays and the chance to work on a ranch (after all it is the largest ranch in the US) Enchanted Rock State Park offers great hiking and rock climbing and repelling. Texas is truly the best place in the world!! (OK mabey I am just a little prjudice)

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    Narc604

    about 6 years ago

    10 Comments

    Go Dive the keys as soon as possible. As an avid diver I try to go alot. If you cant make it that far south pompano beach has some pretty good deep dives wrecks and drift dives

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    drinsinger

    about 6 years ago

    82 Comments

    I think they all looking like funand stress free I think for it times to start putting aside money and start taking trips to release the stress. For me its been work hard and study hard and never had time for fun and relaxing always been busy with schooling and work.Hey what about skydiving anyone.

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    ThBnn

    about 6 years ago

    514 Comments

    Kayaking the Russian River sounds very fun!

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