Get The Most Out Of Your Hike

Written by Chuck Fitzgerald


Hiking is one of lifeís great joys. Fresh air, nature, exercise and good friends. Itís difficult to imagine anything better Ė if youíre prepared. When youíre not prepared properly, itís difficult to imagine anything worse. If you hike a few hundred yards around your neighborhood or a few hundred miles aroundrepparttar backcountry, use these tips to getrepparttar 139759 most enjoyment out of your hiking experience.

#1: Plan your trip. You can plan too little but itís tough to plan too much.

#2: Get in Shape. Put yourself inrepparttar 139760 best possible position to enjoy your sport.

#3: Checkrepparttar 139761 weather forecast. Any weather different than you expect can turn a good hike into a not-so-good hike.

#4: Dress for success. Layer your clothing and be very sure of your footwear.

#5: Haverepparttar 139762 essentials. Your planning will help with this. Take only what is essential and getrepparttar 139763 lightest gear you can afford Ė especially for longer hikes.

#6: Plan to be out longer than you think. If you think three hours, plan for six. Four days, plan for a week.

Make Your Own Fishing Decor from Fishing Gear

Written by Elly Kendall


Decorating with old, used fishing gear is fun, creative and inexpensive. It's pretty easy to find unique fishing gear to use as decorating items for your log cabin or home. Here are a few fun ideas for your fishing decor projects.

First you will need fishing gear. My husband is notrepparttar fisherman in our family, I am. So it's easy for me to save old fishing lures thatrepparttar 139668 hooks have dulled and gives me a great excuse to buy more too! Bobbers have a tendency to stop floating after a few whacks onrepparttar 139669 rocks alongrepparttar 139670 shoreline, rendering them useless torepparttar 139671 fisherman but a great find forrepparttar 139672 decorator. If you confiscate gear from hubby's tackle box remember you now know what to get him forrepparttar 139673 next holiday or special occasion!

Yard sales and estate sales are great for purchasing inexpensive, used fishing equipment for your decorating projects. Yard sales are less risky than hubby's tackle box too. Keep an eye out for used fishing nets, poles, lures, bobbers, metal stringers and other gear.

The last thing you want is your fishing decor to smell fishy. Be sure to clean everything very carefully and thoroughly. I use alcohol for lures, bobbers and such. Good detergent and bleach for nets. Vinegar and lemon juice work well too.

What type of decorating can you do with your accumulated treasures? This is whererepparttar 139674 fun really begins, let your imagination shine. Here are just a few ideas to get you started. Minnow buckets make good catch all containers for bedrooms, kidís rooms and bathrooms for items like crayons, hair do-dads, brushes and combs etc. If you are really crafty they can be turned into lamps. Buy lamp fixtures atrepparttar 139675 hardware store or inexpensive narrow based lamps that fit intorepparttar 139676 top opening ofrepparttar 139677 minnow bucket.

Make your own fishing swag from long pliable twigs, boat line or saining nets. Make sure you either removerepparttar 139678 hooks from lures and replace with twisted wire shaped like hooks or sniprepparttar 139679 points off with heavy wire cutters. I have put chunks of cork onrepparttar 139680 ends of each point, these look like baited hooks! Fromrepparttar 139681 twigs I randomly tie bobbers and lures with mono filament (fishing line). I like to use cafe curtains with curtain clips on these swags because they hang belowrepparttar 139682 bobbers and lures. Curtains withrepparttar 139683 long tabs work great as well.

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