Wandering aimlessly or becoming lost in thought as you walk through the wild can be very therapeutic, but it can also be inadvisable. It’s important to pay attention to your surroundings for many reasons. When we let our powers of observation lapse, we might step on a rattlesnake, walk right by a trail marker or take a wrong turn that would lead us into a dangerous place. The fix for this problem is to stay tuned in to your senses when you travel the wild. Listen and use your sense of smell to engage with the landscape. And use your vision most of all. When people hike with their head down, looking only at their feet and a few yards of trail ahead, they miss the beauty of nature—and the dangers as well. I prefer to keep my head on a swivel as I hike, drinking in everything that nature has to offer. I also look behind me periodically, for safety and to familiarize myself with the look of the trail or landscape (in case I need to come back that way). Sure, you can visit the wilderness to unplug and unwind, but you still need to keep your wits about you and pay attention to your surroundings.