November was a disappointing month
for getting outdoors for exercise. I
managed 59 miles for the month, but did have a higher than normal percentage of
paddling within those miles. Like most
of you, the multi-day ice event put a kink in outdoor activity, and the holiday
didn’t help either. Anticipating that
getting out on the ice could end with me laid up for weeks, I opted for
spending time with a book by Cliff Jacobson.
I’ve resolved to correct this backsliding,
so started December off with an 8.7 mile walk while collecting aluminum cans
for Canton Lake. The Corps of Engineers
got funding to rebuild the campground that had been destroyed by a tornado, but
had no funds remaining for replanting trees.
They have asked the public to help them collect recyclable aluminum to
fund tree purchases.
I have UPS bringing me two pair of
mid-height hiking shoes to also help with my 3-P-100. I’ve wanted Keen shoes for a long time. Keen Shoes is located in Portland, Oregon, and have a
good reputation. The Keen Durand was
recommended by Kevin Callan, but when I started reading reviews, I discovered two
things. One, the Keen Siskiyou is rated
higher by consumers, and two, since that model is being discontinued, they are
on sale by Cabelas’. They are now 50%
off, but my Cabela points helped by covering that remaining cost. You can’t beat two free pairs of shoes. One reviewer said that due to them being
discontinued, he has purchased three pairs.
I settled for two.
I turned to Keen to get an answer
as to why Siskiyou was discontinued.
They said that any time retailers fail to step up and make purchases of any
style, and they thus fail to meet manufacturing minimums, that style is
chopped. There was nothing wrong with
the shoe, as witnessed by them being rated very high by consumers. Cabelas’, however, had ordered a large dedicated
run of the Siskiyou, and that explains why they still have some in stock. If you want a good hiking shoe at a sale
price, get to Cabelas’ before they are gone.