Giving Thanks for Muck Boots and a Spyderco Knife

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Our Thanksgiving traditions include a visit to central Ohio to visit family. And their Thanksgiving traditions include a pre-Thanksgiving feast trail walk at one of the state parks. We just got back from the walk — three miles of fields, woods, and outdoor beauty — and along the way I of course took some pictures. Trail walks like these certainly create opportunity for thanksgiving for life in general. And I’m even more thankful when I’ve got excellent gear in hand and on foot. So here’s a quick Instagram-style look at the trail, my walk, and the gear that made it more enjoyable.

Outdoors

he trailhead. The grass quickly disappeared, giving way to a dirt trail filled with exposed roots, leaves, pine needles, and about a zillion dead branches.[/caption]

First, about the gear. Muck Boots Men's Arctic Excursion Ankle (retail $119.95) and Spyderco Native 5 FRN (retail $139.95). Click the link to go to the product web pages to learn more. But know this, right up front: The Muck Boots kept my feet dry and warm and, despite a three mile trek, caused no hot spots, chafing, or blisters. And the Spyderco knife carried easily (only 2.5 oz.) and whittled a stick to a sharp point -- supplementary trail gear.

Boots

You bet I found water and trekked through it. No problem for the Muck Boots. They kept me comfortable, warm and dry.

Spyderco

A walk on the trail just isn’t complete without a sharp stick. The Spyderco made short work of it.

Spyderco

In just a minute or so I had a sturdy and sharp pointed stick. The Native is made to hold and designed to help you keep very firm grip on it.

tree

Just checking out the white fungus on the side of this fallen tree…

lake trees

The trail’s end rewards you with this serene view on the lake…

Spyderco

Just because…

boots

Cooling the feet down and taking a break from the walk. Note the Muck’s pull on strap — very handy.

boots

And on the back of the boots, a raised tab to help with taking them off. Step on the tab with the opposite foot, holding the heel of the boot to the ground while you draw your foot out.