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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Gift Guide for cluless men

Scott Stillings - November 22nd, 2007
Not all guys are outdoorsy guys.
Perhaps you simply don’t ski, snowboard, ice skate... or go ice caving, for that matter.
A perfect winter day for you?  Inside, book, fire, hot toddy.
But your significant other thinks that winter is Mother Nature’s gift to outdoor extremists.
What to do?
Shop, my friend.
As the Express outdoor guy, I can tell you that the most common question in local winter shops is “What can I possibly buy my best outdoorsy gal this Holiday?”
This season there are oodles of swell choices.
If your skier, jogger or skater loves their tunes and uses an MP3 or ipod, the “must have” is the new Bula Hat with built-in speakers. Available in sports emporiums, the Canadian company’s stylish knit Batallion model with a slight brim is not only functional but darned cool looking. There are other models of the earphone hat, too, in a variety of designs including those with patterns, ear tassels, and other decorations. Sold commonly in snowboard/skateboard places for around $30.
Do they virtually live outside? There is nothing, and I mean nothing, like heavyweight Patagonia Capilene underwear. Called a “Performance Baselayer” by the eco-sensitive California clothing giant, Capilene gear comes in 4 weights designed to cover every possible outdoor temperature. Thoroughly chilled by Michigan winters? Try the Capilene 4 (that’s the heavy stuff) Zip-Neck. About $85 in better outdoor shops.
For winter hiking, jogging or just plain wearing, Vasque hiking boots and shoes are really making some great products for active foot types. A throw-back name from the leather hiking boot of the 60’s, these new high-tech trail running shoes are at home on the sidewalk and the footpath. The Velocity has spunky colors, lots of widths, and is a real solid shoe that weighs in at a relatively feather-like 794 grams. Hard to believe a true hiking shoe can be supportive and this light, but these are both, and they rock. A mere 90 bucks at groovier shoe and boot stores.
Cold hands, warm heart? The best mittens ever come from Reusch. Synthetic Rip-Stop backed with a super soft leather palm, they even have a Anti-Bacterial liner. Full of real Goose Down, these are super warm, featuring an internal fit like a glove and a gauntlet style extra long cuff. Only one color to make shopping easy. $59 where skis are sold.
And to warm them up inside? Try the Danish liquor treat Aalborg Aka Vit. Sold in better party stores for around $15 a jug, you serve this Northern European treat frozen in a block of ice. That’s right - don’t try it on ice, try it in ice. Grab your Aka Vit, put it in an empty milk container, fill with water and freeze it. Outside is fun, but your freezer is best. Pour slowly into a chilled cordial glass and fasten your taste buds for a wild ride.
So, there you have it. Head to toe shopping tips for your favorite outdoor companion (not counting your dog).  Remember to shop now - and then you can get back to your fireside reading knowing that your holiday gifting is all set.






 
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