In recent weeks I have endeavored to improve the ability for you to find a hike on Meanderthals that is suited to your desires and abilities. It started by creating new categories to differentiate hikes, and let you choose from the results. I separated the hikes by easy, moderate and difficult. Combine that with the tag and category lists down the right sidebar, and locating that special hike is easier than ever. And don’t forget, there’s always keyword search available on the navigation menu at top right.
Today I am announcing another enhancement to the classification and search criteria for the catalog of trail reports found here on Meanderthals. With the Hiking Gallery option on the navigation menu above, you will now be able to choose a hike that appeals to you based on photographs taken at that location. Nothing describes an adventure better than a picture from the scene.
You will be presented with a list of all the trail reports available on Meanderthals sorted from most recent to oldest. Each list item has a photo thumbnail and a brief trail description. If you click on the thumbnail you will see more thumbnails of all the photos in the gallery for that trail. Click each individual thumbnail to see full-size images. If you decide from the photos that this is the hike for you, simply click the trail description link to be taken to the complete trail report. There you will find length, time and elevation info, maps, and my best efforts at describing what you will encounter on the trek.
Coming soon, I further intend to classify trails by the type of scenery you can expect. Do you wish to find hikes with high mountain vistas? Perhaps you are interested in trails with water features, or a quiet stroll through a hardwood or evergreen forest. Maybe you enjoy the seclusion of our country’s designated wilderness areas. Look for that in coming weeks.
I always want your suggestions to help make Meanderthals easier to use, and easier for you to find the hike that is just right for you. So please, use the comments feature below or on the Hiking Gallery pages, or click the Contact option on the navigation menu above.
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