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Labor Day Weekend: Top 5 Things to Do Before Summer’s Over

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The temperature is dropping,  the kiddos are going back to school, and Labor Day weekend is approaching. Yep, its the last days of summer and you can't help but feel a little sad. Luckily, you have one

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Hiking Diaries: Blister Sisters Hiking Club

Sometimes, we forget that age does not rule who we are or what we do in this world. Its only a number! I had a pretty good grasp on the subject before my mom asked me to go on a hike with her and her friends this past weekend, but I have a new found understanding of it now. Recently becoming more and more active in the past year, my mom brought me along on a hike with a local group she had joined called “The Blister Sisters Hiking Club.” They are exactly as their name sounds, a group of Sacramento area women who take all-day hiking trips to keep moving and enjoy the outdoors. These women get together once a month for bigger hikes, like this one, then go out to lunch to celebrate afterwards. Not only is the experience about getting some exercise but also the bonds among the group. All ages and types of women are welcome to come and join in on the fun. Since my mother knew most of these women from her high school days, I felt an immense amount of excitement and happiness to be outside. I also felt like I had 20 more moms around me as well, but in a great way!

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Our destination for the day was to Ferry Falls right outside of Grass Valley, CA and one of the most unique hikes I had ever been on. When I think of a  hike, I always picture dense forests with tall pine trees shadowing a soft forest bed; Ferry Falls was the exact opposite. Located right outside of the Beale Air Force Base, the drive up to the trail was open range grassy meadows that had lush green rolling hills, black oak trees, and a heard of grazing cattle. Quite a lovely representation of the California landscape!

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The hike was about 5 miles, round-trip,  that consisted of a well kept dirt road followed by small dirt trails that led you straight to a 100 ft. waterfall. The best part of the falls was being able to stand right next to them and feel the spray after being in the sun. Once you traveled a little farther downstream, there where rocks and small rapids, prefect for resting, closing your eyes, and just listening to the sound of the water.

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The hike was a success and I felt so welcomed by the Blister Sisters Hiking Club. It made me hopeful that I too can keep hiking as long as I want and not let my age affect my mobility. Thanks to the Blister Sisters I met so many wonderful women, spent some time with my mom, and came back with so many sore muscles!

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When hiking for fun, exercise, or even a little adventure, you want to make sure you have the proper footwear. I wore tennis shoes which frankly made me nervous with every step.  Most of the Blister Sisters wore KEENs which gave them great ankle support and slip resistance. Try something like Keen Targee II Mid Hiking Boot in Shitake/Blue Spruce or the  Moxie Trades Maggie 6″ Safety Toe Hiking Boot for a more feminine hiker look. If you want a more “hardcore” hiking boot, try the  Danner Mt. Definance 5.5″ Boot in Brown/Salmon or the for their arch support and abrasion control.

 

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Whether you are 13, 23, or 53, getting active is a huge part of living a happy life. Don’t let your age get in the way of you staying mobile because once you stop its really hard to start again.

So take a hike… and enjoy it!

If you are in the Sacramento area and have a love of hiking, you can contact the Blister Sisters about their next hiking trip that will be taking place in May. Check out their Facebook for more information!

 

 

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Take a Hike… in Our New Arrivals

If we tell you to take a hike, we actually want you to enjoy it! For the best hike of your life, check out some of our new arrivals in hiking shoes and boots for men, women, and kids! With the warm weather around the corner, find the right shoes for an all day hike with your family!

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Women’s:

For that trip up a trail that requires serious effort and focus, grab the Keen Detroit Mid Black/Olive Brown Steel Toe Boot so you won’t have to watch your step. The Keen’s got your back with a waterproof leather structure, steel toe, and slip resistant design that makes them great for work or play. For a hike that could have a stream or two, try the Danner 453 GTX in Grey/Blue for its 100% waterproof GORE-TEX lining that will provide comfort and protection from the elements that may face you!

 

Keen Detroit Mid Black/Olive Brown Steel Toe Boot

Keen Detroit Mid Black/Olive Brown Steel Toe Boot

Danner 453 GTX in Grey/Blue

Danner 453 GTX in Grey/Blue

Men’s:

If you’re looking for boots that are worthy of Bear Grylls, try the Timberland Tree  GT Scramble Mid Hiker Boot in Brown and Blue! Test your limits and overall manliness with this sturdy hiking boot that features speed lace hardware, weather-repellent leather, and shock absorption for faster paces. You can even feel good about this purchase because the out-sole is made with 42% recycled rubber. 1 for you, 1 for the Earth! For those hikes that cross streams, rivers, and ponds, get the Cadillac of waterproof protection with the  Timberland Pro Helix 6 inch Boot. Go for the extreme with this boot’s abrasion resistance, waterproof leather, and anti-fatigue technology. No need to stop, don’t need to with this boot! Hike for life!

 

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Timberland Tree GT Scramble Mid Hiker Boot

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Timberland Pro Helix 6 inch Boot

Kid’s:

Hikes are great for family trips and bonding. Letting your kids explore the great outdoors is perfect for opening their minds beyond Facebook and video games. Have your little tykes strapped into the Hi-Tec Omaha Jr. in Grey and Blue to protect their feet from bumps and bruises. Can’t say the same for their knees, but at least their feet will be protected! For a more rugged big kid look, put your kids into the Hi-Tec Oakhurst Trail Jr. for steeper hills and lots of dirt! Just as long as their feet are protected, you’ll only have to worry about them getting dirty!

Hi-Tec Omaha Jr. in Grey and Blue

Hi-Tec Omaha Jr. in Grey and Blue

 

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Hi-Tec Oakhurst Trail Jr.