Daryl Warren

Daryl Warren

So far nobody has asked me what I want for Christmas. With Black Friday sales tempting us, now’s the time to save big money on that item that’s been on my wish list for a loooong time.

It’s a Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2 backpacking tent for only $349.95. This two-man baby weighs less than two pounds and stands up to the harshest weather. Better hurry to get your order in before they’re sold out.

Seriously, if you have a relative or friend who has spent (or ever will spend, for that matter) some overnights camping out, and you feel inclined to give them a gift for Christmas, don’t be shy about asking them what’s in their letter to Santa. Even if it’s something as simple as a hiking pole or a water bottle, treating them with a gift will probably make a friend for life.

And, while at it, duplicate the gift for yourself and then go on a hike with your friend/relative. As I said last week, there’s just something stimulating about doing a winter hike.

The nasty cold I caught last week has more-or-less run its course, so I’ve been able to limber up my legs somewhat this week. With Maid Marion getting well in the rehab center, I’ve been able to visit her every day but one, sometimes walking (hiking) from home.

It’s almost exactly 5 km (3.1 miles), so, if I leave the wheels at home, that makes for a nice outing of a little over six miles. Sometimes I’ll park the car a mile or two away and walk the remainder of the way. It’s the same principle as taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

It’s a well-known truth that the holiday season (Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day) brings extra pounds to the body because we tend to throw diet caution to the winds. I certainly am not advocating that we forego the turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberries, etc., but may I suggest that we walk or hike just a little bit each day to stay healthy.

Happy trails.

Daryl Warren has been a serious hiker for many years.