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Do you have an adventurer, hiker or nature-walk enthusiast on your holiday give-list this year? This year, I wanted to do something special for my sweet Dad. He turned eighty- years old in July, but has not given up his passion for getting out in the great outdoors. He has always been a very active man (he has pretty much had to be active to keep up with his seven children, and now 22 grandchildren.) My Dad loves fishing, camping and hiking. Since he has slowed down a bit, due to age, he now settles for nature walks.
I was wondering how I could incorporate my father's passion for his outdoor activities with a gift that would be useful, yet sentimental to him. That perfect gift is a Brazos Walking Stick.
My Dad has never owned a walking stick, or even used one when he went on his hikes, but since he is getting older, I feel safer with him having one! Even for going on his nature walks, a walking stick is a wonderful idea because it can help keep him from stumbling, and he can protect himself from dangerous wild animals.
“The occasional stumble is part of any hike,” according to the American Hiking Society (AHS), which is also an advocate of trekking poles. “Poles provide two additional points of contact with the ground and enhance stability,” the AHS adds. Trekking poles offering by Brazos, for example, use non-slip grips, a lightweight aluminum shaft construction and an anti-shock system to enhance comfort and durability.
What elements can be added to a domestically-produced walking stick and why should avid hikers upgrade from the basic stick they may currently own?
~A freeform walking stick made from hickory wood is a rugged tool with rustic appeal. From start to finish, craftsmen ensure the strength of the stick itself so that it can stand up to twist and turns Mother Nature throws your way.
~Add-ons aren’t just for show. While custom engraving and other personalized emblems can be added by walking stick manufacturers, Brazos points to accessories that serve a vital purpose in nature. This means having a compass, whistle, thermometer, tip or spike installed on your walking stick. For the shutterbugs, Brazos’ twisted hickory photo stick is essentially a monopod that offers a mounting screw in the handle so that a camera can be spun into place.
~The AHS recommends that hikers opt for rubber tips on their hiking sticks as to prevent scarring of rocks, increasing erosion and widening of trails. To that end, Brazos, as a manufacturer of hiking sticks that should suit the needs of every explorer, offers rubber ferrules in a variety of sizes and designs. Those who’d like to use trekking poles instead can seek out offerings that use a rubber tip to cover the carbide tip for use on asphalt or cement.
If you want to honor someone's special service, such as military, police, firefighters, EMTs and others, you can choose a unique walking stick, walking staff or walking cane that can be personalized with the details of their service.
You can customize this thoughtful gift in four easy steps: choose your style (walking stick or walking cane), your wood, a medallion, and text. you can choose a medallion from their branch of service, and include a nickname, their dates of service, or any other message you choose.
I ordered a beautiful walnut Legacy Staff Walking Stick for my Dad for Christmas. My Dad served in the Army as Sargent First Class for 32 years. I wanted to have something special engraved for him in honor of his service, but I also wanted to add a sentimental message. I love my Dad so much, and there is so much I wanted to say, but space is limited. Since I would need a novel to express my love and gratitude for my Dad, I settled on his name and these words: “World’s Greatest Dad & Grandpa”
I chose to have a United States Army emblem placed on it to acknowledge his service in the Army.
I think it looks really nice. I am sure my Dad will love it.
It is hard to get the entire walking stick in the picture, but I wanted to show the beautiful detailing, so below is what the middle and end of this handsome walking stick looks like.
Choosing a Brazos Walking Stick for a gift for your loved one this year is a very easy process, and is a very affordable way to give a gift that will keep on giving. The recipient will feel honored to be remembered with such a thoughtful gift that they can put to good use for many years to come.
A Brazos Walking stick can become a cherished family heirloom as well! I know that my Dad will be touched by this unique gift, and I am pretty certain that it will be one of his favorite Christmas gifts this year.
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*Product received. All opinions are my own.