Jeff Alt convinced his wife (Beth), a woman raised with the belief that vacations include hot showers, beaches, and warm beds, to chuck her domesticated amenities and “Take a Hike” to help her overcome the loss of her brother to depression and suicide.
Jeff had to spend quite a bit of time convincing Beth that the hike would be romantic, skillfully leaving out some minor details about the journey.
They walked the 218-mile John Muir Trail across California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range as a depression awareness campaign, carrying all their supplies on their backs and sleeping on the ground for weeks on end.
Several times along the way, Beth realized that she had been taken for “a ride” or rather “a hike.”
Jeff and Beth’s trail adventures, detailed in the award-winning "A Hike For Mike", will entertain and inspire anyone through Jeff’s witty humor and inspirational stories.
Jeff wrote an award winning book, which is available on his site, A Hike for Mike.
Folding knives have been around since the Roman empire, and the Vikings had some beautiful ones. A great looking Roman era folding knife is shown here.
Pocket knives were popular as a picnic item, with folding forks and spoons. They especially became popular when pockets became popular in Europe. They are also popular for trimming quill ink pens, from which the alternative name "Pen knife" arose. Knives which used a spring on the back to hold a blade in the closed and open position came into use at least by the 16th century. Barlow Knives were popular in early America, and continue to be made. Lock back knives were perfected around the turn of the 20th century, and many models were available.
The diagram below shows the parts of a typical spring back pocket knife. This combination of blades is called a Scout model, and many Official Boy Scout knives are made in this style.