Hello everyone!! Happy Summer. It’s the perfect time to make a walking stick. I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but in Utah there are SO many places to hike, most of which I’ve never been to, sadly. But, I think it’s time to get into the mountains a little more, especially since I don’t have a baby to lug around :).
I have always loved being in the outdoors and it’s so fun to experience new things with the kids. So our goal this summer is to go on three different hikes. This may not seem like a lot, but it’s a start for us :). There’s something very thrilling and fun about being in the outdoors with the kids and yes, there’s always a way to add flair to something for CHEAP…..enter the walking sticks, Oh…..and let’s not forget COUSIN BROOKIE. We are SILLY when we get together, we dance, sing, make weird faces, totally make fools of ourselves. This occasion was not an exception.
So a couple of people working on girls camp with me, harvested walking sticks last night. I couldn’t wait to use some of these for the kiddos for our summer hikes. The best kind of wood to use around Utah is Water Birch or Dogwood. We found our bunch of sticks up Blacksmith Forth Canyon near Logan, Utah. I shouldn’t say that I helped too much because I spent most of my time making sure my kids didn’t get sucked down the river. Luckily we all survived :).
We got to use some of the shorter sticks for mine and Brookie’s kids, and you kind of have to know how to do things the right way before you help 200 girls do it at Girl’s Camp, and yes, that’s where I’ll be in a handful of weeks. So here are the steps in a nutshell:
1. Strip down the sticks to the light-colored wood with a pocket knife. (Brooke’s little toe makes me laugh every time I see it :).
This is what my garage looks like right now…..no comment. I’m not going to lie, our yard looked liked a tornado passed through it when we were done….shavings everywhere, paint everywhere, popsicle juice everywhere….and I mean EVERYWHERE.
This is what we came up with. There were no cuts and only minor paint infractions to our driveway….but we won’t mention the grass :), no biggie.