|The author, far left, on hike to Osborne Ridge, Lake Alpine, CA. 2017|
Towards the end of 2016, I joined Meetup in order to try and find some other people who wanted to hike. I had been walking regularly on a trail near my home but wanted to expand my efforts and didn't feel comfortable hitting the trails by myself. I joined a couple of different groups and started to go on some "hikes." (I put that word in parenthesis because even after a year's time I really can't define what a hike is.)
* Hiking pole(s). Poles provide stability on uneven terrain, slow you down so that you are forced to pay attention and also aid in being able to look around, knowing that the pole is a kind of "third foot."