Marcie has agreed to do ONE of the world's really great trails with me in the next year or two and I've been researching the possibilities. I’ve eliminated dozens of trails based on my totally arbitrary criteria of what constitutes a ‘Really Great Trail’. I’ve also pared the list down to those we might actually be able to complete. Here is a list of possibilities, beginning with the North American trails.Read More
All my life, I've been enthralled by the world's great adventures: bicycling around the world, riding a motorcycle from the arctic to the antarctic; walking across the U.S.; climbing one of the great mountains. From an early age, I kept a list of the great adventures I aspired to. Some of them were ruled out rather quickly. For example, since I couldn't even make the starting roster of my 6th grade baseball team, I decided that becoming a professional ball player probably wasn't in the cards
While any number of items were added and removed from the list over the decades, three epic adventures were always there: sailing around the world on a sailboat; climbing one of the world's great mountains; and completing one of the great hikes…
On one of our hikes a few months ago, someone had left a nice walking stick at the trailhead that was fashioned from a piece of green willow, presumably for the next hiker to use. Marcie picked it up and used it during the day's hike. She liked having it so much, in fact, that she kept it. Unfortunately, it didn't fare well as it dried out, so we decided to get a set of trekking poles.
After hiking with them for quite a few miles, we’ve found them to be quite useful - despite my initial reservations. Here is our list of the top ten uses we’ve found for trekking poles.Read More