Currently, I do not hike with trekking poles. It's not that I don't want to, I just have never used them during my 40-some years of hiking. But let me tell you, after this hike, I am seriously considering them. Not only for the stability they provide while going up and down hills, over rocks and thru streams, but also to prevent my hands from swelling. What do you all think of them? I would love to hear your thoughts!
Now, below is an excellent example of staying aware of the path you are on. For a split second, at this intersection I didn't know which way to go. As you can see, both paths are well worn. So my first instinct is to look for the diamond mark on the trees since I am in the Daniel Boone National Forest (other forests use different markings), and there it is staring right at me on the left. I believe the path to the right goes to some backpacking campsites. But by paying attention to the diamond I didn't waste time and have to backtrack or worse yet, get lost.
Well y'all, I sure hope you enjoyed the pictures and I hope you can get out soon to hike this path. Be safe! Grab that camera and go have fun! And remember...
'Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.' - John Muir