It's the shank of the summer with fall approaching, and perhaps some readers haven't made any really spectacular trips yet, and are looking for adventure and something different.
If you don't mind a little travel, you can find both in a strange and beautiful land called Iceland. Why Iceland? Because this small island about the size of Kentucky has more to offer outdoorsmen than you'd readily believe.
The little country is purely volcanic, rising out of the sea on a growing bed of lava in the distant past. It was settled in 874 by Norsemen or Vikings, call them what you will, tough hardy farmers, fishermen and fighters with their often Celtic wives. Even today, the inhabitants speak Norse (and English), their language unchanged in many hundreds of years, and school children today can still read ancient Viking runes and scrolls.
There are lots of ways to see this often astonishing country, and for the hardy, one favorite way is to hike or backpack the numerous trails that spider here and there across the land. Google up "Hiking in Iceland," and you'll find trails to suit the easy going or those who like to push the envelope, and either way walkers will pass through some beautiful terrain.