In the Czech Republic—a nation of mountain bikers, hikers, and cross country skiers—the trails are all color coded and carefully marked. Hiking clubs periodically repaint the blazes you find on tree trunks, rocks, and fence posts. Every kilometer or so you find a sign telling the distances to various destinations, color-coded too, and usually capped with a little hat to protect it from the snow and rain. The trails criss-cross each other, and merge with roads and unofficial paths, so it wouldn’t always be obvious where to go without those trail markers. Every time I hike—and I hike a lot—it feels like a treasure hunt. Spotting those markers gives me the strangest little thrill. So I thought I’d let you hunt for some on your own. All photos by me. Click to enlarge, just in case you can't pick out the trail markers.
|Here's what you're looking for. This one's freshly painted.|