Happiness and contentment in life come from the merging of Opportunity and Talent. My Dad had Talent but no Opportunity so could not find a way to learn to play the Violin. I had Opportunity but no Talent -- I lack the physical ability to complete a Thru Hike of the Appalachian Trail. I failed to learn this lesson even after numerous section hikes, but in the Spring of 2013, after 41.6 miles hiking in MD and PA, I learned the lesson that Dad had in mind when he told me to "hike the Trail." This Blog is now about the Merging of Opportunity and Talent more than it is about hiking the Appalachian Trail, but I still plan to include snippets of the Trail in the Blog. It's about Chasing the Trail of Life. I hope you enjoy my posts.

COMPUTER TRESPASS---RCW 9A.52.110---Computer trespass in the first degree.

(1) A person is guilty of computer trespass in the first degree if the person, without authorization, intentionally gains access to a computer system or electronic database of another; and (a) The access is made with the intent to commit another crime; or (b) The violation involves a computer or database maintained by a government agency.

(2) Computer trespass in the first degree is a class C felony.

This Blog is Dedicated to my Dad. Although he never accomplished his dream of learning to play the Violin, he did construct and play a Dulcimer at an Elderhostel.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Boots, Shoes, Sandals, Five Fingers and Socks

Boots for a hike on the Appalachian Trail are no longer considered the norm. A few hikers still wear them. Most of them carry thirty-five or more pounds on their backs and need the support of a full leather or leather and fabric boot that covers the ankle.

Hiking shoes and Trail runners are the usual footwear for hikers today. Most hikers are 'lightweight' [under 35 pounds] or 'ultralightweight' [under 20 pounds] including food and water. Both of these style hikers can wear low hiking shoes or trail runners. One advantage is that should a hiker make a missed step, it's easy to catch one's balance with a shoe that pivots at the ankle than with one that forces the leg to follow through with the missed step. Most Trail runners don't have very thick cushioning. Many hikers use Superfeet to add stiffness to Hiking shoes and Trail runners.

Another choice today, especially in the summer time, is sandals. Some have thick vibram soles and good arch support.

And finally, there are Vibram's Five Fingers. Some have a 'thick' hiking tread. I'm taking my KSO's as camp and water shoes.

Sock choices are off the charts. Most Thru Hikers find a brand or style and stick with them for years. Finding the 'right' sock can take years and many attempts, however. I like the REI Merino Wool Mini Crew Light Hiking Socks but I also have tried the Injinji toe socks. The Injinji make good liner socks and work well with Sandals. REI makes a good silk liner sock, too.

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