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Hiking Boots – Is it essential for hiking?

If you are planning to go for a hiking trip where the climate is hot and humid – it’s better to take a good pair of hiking boots. Hiking boots are not same as your ordinary shoes . A quality hiking shoes have a special outsole which gives  much better traction on hilly terrain and tight grip to prevent slipping when you are climbing or descending.

Types of Hiking Boots

Before your purchase a pair of hiking boots, it is important that you understand some facets about hiking boots because these boots are completely different from general shoes. Some of the important aspects you need to know the different types of hiking boots available today.
Mountaineering Boots – These type of boots are used for mountain climbing. They are very strong and tough and have hard soles to protect the ankle and give support.

Trail Shoes – These types of shoes are for hiking in dry climate on less rough terrain. These are best for a one-day or an hour trip. Low-cut trail shoes with flexible soles are great for short hiking trip. Many backpackers prefer trail-running shoes for also long-distance journeys.

Trail Hikers – Trail shoes are best for muddy paths and vertical inclines. These types of shoes are designed to carry heavier loads. Most have a high cut that wraps above the ankles for excellent support.

Functional hiking shoes are so good that you don’t feel that you are wearing any different type of shoes. Their main features of functional hiking shoes include shock absorption and comfort. They are also durable and light weight.

Hiking and backpacking tips

The first thing you want to make sure of is that your park your car well off the road and away from anyone’s private driveway. If you can find a public spot for use with the trail that would be best, or simply live it back at your home base. Once you get on the hiking and backpacking trial, stay on it. No matter how enticing a cutoff looks it can put you in a dangerous position.

Stay away from smooth surfaces, and make sure that your hiking boots will have excellent traction. This is important, as it is easy to slip if they do not, and obviously you do not want to risk injury just because your boots were inadequate. If you suspect that your boots will build-up with ice and snow underneath (thus getting rid of the traction) then it is best to try spike chains, which attach onto your boots or shoes and they adjust themselves to virtually any surface to create the perfect traction and grip for you.

A tent shaped shelter may be built by running rope down the center of the poncho between two trees and staking the sides into the ground with sharp sticks to create an A-frame. A one-person tent may be built from tree branches without even using rope. The prime concept is to make a frame and then wrap a cover overhead and to the sides.

Is Gas Powered Leaf Blowers Better Option?

Are you getting blown away by the huge amount of yard work that seems to crop up every autumn? The autumn foliage looks great on the trees but once it starts falling onto your yard, it can be royally annoying. The leaves have to be raked, bagged and tagged for disposal or even mulched to create manure for the next season. Nonetheless, gathering those leaves can be a real backbreaking prospect every year. But this is where a really great gas leaf blower model can ease your pains. There are a huge range of really great gas leaf blower models in the market that work very well but just how do they work and how do you choose the right gas leaf blower for your needs?

Working of a gas leaf blower

All gas leaf blower models work on a centrifugal type fan. This fan will spin the air around a fan and then spit it out at high speeds. This creates a lot of pressure. Some of the better models of gas leaf blowers can create wind speeds of 250mph but you will require pressure as well as speed to get the leaves moved to the right place. Along with pressure, a few gas leaf blower models also have vacuum attachments that will suck up the extra air and leaves and allow them to be bagged inside the machine itself. This will really help you in cleaning out your yard. If you have larger area to clear then it is best to buy gas powered leaf blowers.

Cost of a gas leaf blower

Most gas leaf blower models are heavier as they need a container to hold the gas and oil mixture that starts it off. These models will also cost slightly more at about $200-$400. You will even have to factor in the cost of gas replacement canisters and oil changes to calculate the eventual cost of using the machine. There are many brands and companies that make gas leaf blower models in the market at present like the Ryobi, Homelite, Tanaka etc.

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Exercise Bikes – The Best Fitness Equipment

Exercise bikes are great for maintaining your fitness and daily cardio. They are alternately referred to as stationary bicycles, indoor bikes or studio cycles. Whichever label you prefer, exercise bikes continue to be among the most popular home fitness equipment.

The real beauty of an exercise bike is the fact that you can use it almost anywhere. Whether you’re in front of the TV, listening to music, reading a book or watching over the kids, an exercise bike allows you to squeeze in an effective home workout. Of course, since exercise bikes are so popular, there are a lot of them to choose from, which can make selecting the right model for you a difficult task.

Types of Exercise Bikes

There are several different designs of exercise bikes, including the upright bike, the recumbent bike and the spinner. The upright exercise bike perhaps best mirrors the style and ride of a traditional road bike; you sit on a small seat, back unsupported with the pedals positioned directly below you.

A recumbent exercise cycle features a larger, upright lounge chair-style seat that provides support to the lower back, with the pedals situated in front of you rather than below; as a result, the seated position is similar to the one that you use to drive a car.

The third notable type of exercise cycle is the spinner, which is popular in health club spinning classes but is less widely used as home fitness equipment. There are also several exercise bike models that offer simultaneous upper-body workouts.

Buying an Exercise Bikes in UK

It is important to shop wisely for any home exercise equipment, in order to insure that it is something you will use on a regular basis; as such, you should avoid trendy or cute equipment. Aside from cost, the most important feature to consider when selecting an exercise bike is comfort; if it isn’t comfortable, you are very unlikely to stick to a regular exercise schedule.

The seat of the upright exercise bike should be adjustable and comfortable. If you are buying recumbent exercise bikes, then make sure seat is lock securely in place. If you are looking for top quality exercise bikes in 2019, then go Schwinn model. They comes in lot of features and durable, lasting for many years without any maintenance.

The only way to ensure that an exercise cycle is comfortable is to try it out. If you intend to share the exercise cycle with other household members, have them try the bike out as well; what is comfortable for you may not be comfortable for others.

Benefits of Exercise Bike

There are various benefits of using exercising bike, other than providing fitness and greatly improving your immune system.

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Hushed Tones

when i picked up our romantic, valentine’s day manufactured holiday dinner from a favorite local bistro last night, i struck up a conversation with a fellow pregnant woman. she was dining alone and a piece of me envied her quiet solitude. like me, she had roughly 9 weeks left in this pregnancy. also, like me, she has another child at home, and therefore had forgotten about the fact that the last 2 months of pregnancy suck your will to live. we chuckled together and then she was seated at her table.

we wished each other luck and went our separate ways.

a longtime friend and confidant texted me a couple of weeks ago to tell me that she is taking the time to read my blog in its entirety. she most recently finished reading through 2013, which only solidified the decision i made back then to not share the video footage we had taken of our then infant son’s wretched feedings on this blog.

Perhaps i’m hibernating. “nesting” in a way. quieting down. preparing myself for change. big change. taking inventory. reading. observing.

perhaps i’m wigging out. burying my crazy and stuffing it down deeper and deeper into the crevices from which it eventually seeps out of. people can suffer in silence. not that i’m suffering. i’m pregnant with a preschool age son and a husband shortly deploying. some people have it worse. others have it better.

perhaps i’m just listening… which is not something i am particularly strong suited to do, and certainly not something i practice often. (i think this makes people nervous. when i am quiet, others around me aren’t sure what to do with themselves. are you ok? are you upset? is something going on? is there anything you need to talk about?)

life is noisy. the abundance of sound, words, opinion, vitriol, speculation. it’s exhausting.

i am someone who loves words. LOVES. one of the things i truly enjoy the most about life is discussion. just simple discussion with people. agreeing. disagreeing. problem solving. expressing oneself with words. to me, it’s intoxicating. it’s powerful.

it’s meaningful. it CAN BE meaningful.

but it doesn’t feel that way to me right now. words aren’t feeling productive and insightful. drafts are being written without edits. submissions and speculations are being made without confirmation. words are being shared without a true sense of the message being put out in the universe. people are writing and speaking for the sake of writing and speaking. for a deadline. for cash. to be heard. to say SOMETHING. anything.

but what is truly being said?

when i find myself at a place where i am questioning words like this, i tend to quiet down.

someone needs to listen.

(this knowledge of her reading my archives also confirms my decision to not read through my own archives. ever.)

another trusted friend was emailing back and forth with me just yesterday and mentioned how quiet my blog has been lately. she’s correct (as she usually is). i have been quiet here… not for any particular reason. certainly not for lack of content. i shrugged when i read her astute observation. she was spot-on, and i had no insightful response to return. just a shrug. an acknowledgement.

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