On Sunday my husband and I took a quick trip to Summit Hut to look at the hiking sticks.
A little background. For my birthday I got myself a beautiful yet flawed walking stick because I have a knee and an ankle that bother me occasionally. I only paid $7 for it so the fact that it was quite C-shaped didn't bother me. i figured I could steam it straight. After several attempts to steam it; including catching it on fire; I went to an expert. He looked at my beautiful stick and told me that he could get it straight but there was no guarantee that it wouldn't break or that it would stay straight. It was an old stick and wood goes how wood wants. The nice man told me how to do it myself and so I traipsed home and did it.
I soaked it in hot water for 8 hours, adding more every 30 minutes or so. Then I padded it with a towel and clamped it flat between 2 boards. I left it that way for 3 days in the backroom. When I opened it up my beautiful stick was nice and straight. I was so happy with it I used it everyday.
It's been about a month and slowly my stick is going back to the way it was. It's already about halfway back to the original shape, so now I'm looking for a new stick.
I will be the first to admit I'm picky and I didn't think I would find anything, after all it had been a bad week and I wasn't buying anyway. This was for therapy only.
So of course I found the perfect stick at an insane price. It's the Brazos Safari with ebony stripes. A solid shaft of strong hickory accented with exotic wood stripes. I want it!
It is $80. It's so worth it, but it's going to be a while before I can even hope to get it. The top feels weighted, and it swung with my stride in such a way as to make me stand up straighter. It had a great swing. It felt so perfect in my hand that I spent so long playing with it the clerk probably thought I was going to steal it. Sadly, I have morals so all I took with me is the memory of it's perfection in my hand.
I will definitely be scrimping all the pennies I can spare to get it. Until then I can go visit it.