Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday gift ideas

One of my favorite photos from 2013, taken on Batteries to Bluffs Trail

My family lightly embraces December's gift giving theme. This time of year we indulge just a bit, usually getting practical things for each other in addition to some small splurges (I'm partial to fancy salt). So I certainly don't mean to push commercialism, but here are some ideas for loved ones and colleagues.

My book:
I would be honored if you choose to gift 60 Hikes in 60 Miles: San Francisco (third edition). My hiking adventures truly began with a book purchase (in my case it was the Bay Area Ridge Trail guide) and I hope you and yours will find many unforgettable hikes via my book.

My website:
It's free and there are over 200 hikes to choose from, so click on over to Bay Area Hiker (or this URL for your mobile device) and start hiking.

Socks:
I've been wearing SmartWool socks for more than 15 years. Trekking heavy crews were my go-to hiking socks until I found (cue heavenly singing) PHD Mountaineering. I did a long double take when I saw their price ($26), so I ordered just one pair. They are without a doubt, the most perfect socks I've ever worn.   Warm, snuggly, and cunningly padded, they are on my Christmas wish list!

Stocking stuffers:
Parks passes. For me, these are extremely motivating, since when I have a parks pass I've already paid for parking and I feel like I'm getting something for free every time I go.  My favorite is the San Mateo County pass, but you can also get passes for Santa Clara CountySonoma CountyCalifornia State Parks and National Parks.

Time:
It continues to be the greatest gift. Make time to hike with your family, a group, by yourself, whatever! And if you've got extra time, consider gifting it to others via volunteering.

Thank you for your support, and I look forward to sharing new hiking adventures in 2014.


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