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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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To learn more about Brazos Walking Sticks or to place an order, go to: https://www.brazos-walking-sticks.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Growing up surrounded by the Pacific Northwest’s beauty, my husband and I both LOVE to get outdoors and adventure. Our new little girl, Reylin is our ‘adventure baby’ and we look forward to instill the same love and respect of the outdoors in her as she grows.
We’ve gotten a head start on this by taking her on day hikes to some of our favorite places even at 4 months old. She loves looking around and taking in the fresh air and is just such a good little hiking buddy.
I’m always looking for ways to support and promote our nature addiction. I came across The Landmark Project and loved their designs and support of our countries beautiful National parks! I love this company because they promote the beauty around us and they intentionally design their products to connect outdoor enthusiasts. I also LOVE that each purchase supports at-risk youth to seek adventure; partnering with Great Outdoor Adventure Trips to mentor and train kids each Summer through rafting and camping. If that doesn’t make this company stand out I love that they provide their employees access to all the outdoor gear they could need to better understand their own mission - every company should do that!!
I had to order my husband a shirt, which by the way would be the PERFECT Father’s Day gift! I chose one that had an awesome Columbia River Gorge graphic since we were planning on taking our adventure baby to Multnomah Falls for a visit. It was so soft and high quality out of the box. Sometimes my hubby has problems with shirts shrinking after being washed but this was NOT the case. These products hold their size and are super comfortable and look great.
As you may know, the Columbia River Gorge over here in Oregon went through a devastating fire last year due to a teenager setting off fireworks on an extremely dry day. This area means a lot to my family, we would often come here for a beautiful drive on the old highway.
One of my husband and my’s first dates was hiking to Oneonta. We’d go to the Vista house when the winds were really strong and try to stand up straight. This was our first trip up there since the fire and we were a little nervous to see what the fire had done to this usually lush, green and extremely hikeable area.
Multnomah Falls was still extremely gorgeous and perfectly matches the shirts rendition of green and blues! We received compliments of others who were there to see the falls and even someone asking ‘where did you get your shirt?’ which definitely spoke to the quality and perfectly tied in with this companies mission to bring nature lovers together!
The hike to the top was unfortunately blocked off on either side and we weren’t able to drive the old highway to see some of the other falls and Oneonta. Driving up further we definitely saw the blackened trees and clearings created by the fire. While this was disappointing, we still realized that the gorge was still as beautiful as ever and that, with time, the plants and trees will re-grow and the trails will open and we will hopefully have much of what there was before back. It was also an excellent reminder that as people we have a lot of power and that one spark can devastate a lot of beauty. As people going into nature we have a responsibility to be smart, pack in and out, and leave beauty as we found it.
This shirt means a lot to my husband and I love that The Landmark Project gives us a way to show others some of our favorite outdoor areas and connect us with others. We plan on wearing this on our other travels in hopes that fellow Columbia River Gorge lovers will feel that they can strike up a conversation! I also love the idea of buying their shirts before visiting the National Parks and getting photos in them at the location, or perhaps planning a surprise trip and giving the shirt as a gift to announce where you’re going.
At any rate, the quality products at The Landmark Project are well worth it and I highly recommend supporting their business and getting out and seeing the National Parks!
For more information go to: https://thelandmarkproject.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.