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Dec 26, 2008 | by Kevin Loughlin

No matter where in the world we are hiking there are dangers of which we must be aware. If you happen to be in Ecuador, hiking Papallacta Pass, beware of altitude sickness — drink plenty of water and take your vitamins. Wandering through the South American Rainforest, be alert for thorn-covered vines and tree trunks, bullet ants and maybe even a snake. In Alaska watch for bear and moose! Walking along an unfamiliar city street presents other possible hazards… from potholes to pickpockets.

When we are home in familiar territory we often let down our guard. But this could be where the scariest dangers lie. Especially when authorities allow such uses as this Pennsylvania sign shows!

Thanks to Bethany Deflores for the use of her photo!

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