Hike Fun Foward – Special Days August 15- 21

August 15 – Relaxation Day

Relaxation Day encourages us to slow down and unwind. The fast-paced and often hectic lifestyles in our American society can result in great amounts of stress. Too much work and pressure can cause physical, emotional, spiritual problems. Taking time to relax, reflect, and rejuvenate can prevent many health risks. I find it interesting that there is a national relaxation day when God commanded a day of rest each week. The Sabbath is a principle of rest. It is not just a time for prayer (which is a fantastic activity that should fill part of every day) and spiritual reflection; it is a day for physical rest and a change of pace. The work that demands our time, focus, and energy should be set aside and replaced with peaceful connections with God and others.  

Find a favorite way to relax and make some plans for relaxation:

Enter the adventure of a good book

Discover a quiet bench in the shade and listen to the birds sing

Go fishing with a friend

Enjoy a picnic in the park

Dreams some sweet dreams

Drive along the back roads in the country

Indulge in a visit to the Spa or slide into a bubble bath at home

Take a walk along the beach or in the woods.

Grab your camera or smartphone and snap some great photos

Cool down in a swimming pool – even a kiddy pool will do.

Watch a movie with some popcorn

Do a leisurely lunch with friends

Sip a soft drink and catch a sports event on TV

August 16 Tell a Joke Day

I recently had a teenager ask me to tell him a Bad Dad joke. I had to think for a while, but I finally came up with one. That started a series of funny jokes and stories that had me laughing out loud. What was my joke? It was bad – “Why do cows wear bells around their necks? Because their horns don’t work!”

If that causes a groan to form in your throat, try this one:

What did the grapes say to the apple when the apple criticized them for lazily sunbathing in the afternoon sun? “We are not being lazy – we are raisin awareness.”

If you are still shaking your head in disgust, this will put you over the edge,

“Knock, knock.

Who’s there?


Goliath who?

Goliath down your looketh sick.”

Okay, I will stop, but you need to begin. Today is tell a joke day. It doesn’t have to be a good joke. It doesn’t have to crack everyone up. But it should be clean, it should be appropriate, and it should not be offensive. Find some funny jokes and make some people smile. Laughter is great medicine.

August 17 – I Love My Feet Day

Being an avid hiker, I could not let this day go by unnoticed. My feet are getting old, but they are so faithful. My feet do things for me that my hands cannot accomplish. They help me stand, walk, jog, run, skip (which I don’t do very often), and even dance (which I only do when no one else is watching because I am a very bad dancer). My feet carried me 2,186 miles in 2014 from Georgia to Maine.

Celebrate your feet today. If you have healthy feet treat them to a warm bath, a gentle massage, and comfy socks. Keep those nails well-trimmed and be sure your shoes fit well. Elevate your feet when you can and take a load off your God-given mode of transportation when possible.

I remember many evenings in my tent after walking some tough miles, I gave my feet a quick rub-down with Aquaphor Ointment. It felt fantastic, it did wonders for cracked skin, and it just made my feet smile. I know feet can’t smile but if you mixed the letter up a bit, it spells “miles” – after a long day on the trail, my motto was “amazing feet accomplish amazing feats.” 

So, this Tuesday, August 17, and every day thereafter, pamper your feet.

August 18 – Take Your Pick

Today is Fajita Day, Mail Order Catalog Day (replaced today with Online Shopping), and Ice Cream Pie Day. As I reviewed the detail of these days, none of them jumped out at me as greatly significance. Take your pick to celebrate OR order a fajita meal online and enjoy a slice of ice cream pie for dessert.  Oh, the joys of a first-world nation.

August 19 – Bow Day

On the heels of the Olympics Games and the skill of the archers from Korea and Turkey, the bows of the sport of archery take center stage. What? It is not that can of bow? Oops. It is amazing to watch the precision of the violinists in the prestigious symphonic orchestras. Every stroke of the bows makes the entire string section appear as if it is one player. Pardon me? Wrong bows again? So sorry. 

This is a day that celebrates wearing bows as part of fashion. There is no end to the way to wears bows – on a dress, blouse, as a necktie, as a belt, as a bracelet, and in your hair. Bows seem to complement any outfit and this accessory is quite popular today.

Men can celebrate this day as well with the ever-appropriate bow tie. Bow ties with jeans, with a suit, with a tuxedo, with a sweater, even with a plaid shirt. As one of the Doctors (the 11th Doctor to be precise – Matt Smith) said, “Bow ties are cool!” What an unusual day. What an easy day to celebrate.

August 20 – Radio Day

Radio Day recognizes the great invention of the radio. Take some time today and tune in the news, listen to a talk show, and enjoy the music station or your choice. I have always stood amazed at how sound can carry across the airwaves and then can be broadcast in my home or in my car riding down the road. There is much debate as to the inventor of the radio, but certainly, several individuals have contributed to its early beginnings. Heinrich Hertz’s research proved electricity could be transmitted wirelessly. The prolific inventor Nicola Tesla patented multiple inventions involving alternating current and provided the radio with the Tesla coil, and the Italian, Guglielmo Marconi receives the crown when it comes to the first commercially available radio.

Catch these cool facts about the radio that I gleaned from Radio Fun Facts !! | The Radio Agency | http://www.radiodirect.com; and How radio saved the Eiffel Tower from destruction – OFFICIAL website (toureiffel.paris)

  • The 1920s brought the first broadcast stations to the forefront. In 1920, the world’s first commercial radio station, KDKA, went on the air in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. KDKA radio is still alive and doing well in Pittsburgh.
  • In 1931, two out of five homes owned a radio.
  • By 1938, four out of five owned a radio. 
  • FM Radio made its first appearance in 1939.
  • At the end of 2012, more than 15,000 licensed broadcast radio stations were operating in the U.S.
  • The Eiffel Tower was supposed to be scrapped after 20 years. It only survived because the military started using it as a radio tower, intercepting crucial military transmissions during WWI
  • One 30-second TV commercial in the 2015 Super Bowl cost $4.5 Million. In that same year, the same advertiser could have funded a full, 52-week, national campaign on radio for that price.

August 21 – Honeybee Day

I had a great friend who kept bees. He had the smoker and the beekeeper’s suit, and he especially enjoyed his sweet hobby at harvest time. August 21 celebrates the honeybee, the beekeepers who tend the hives, and the thick, sticky honey that tastes so good in our baking, stirred in our tea, and swirled on a peanut butter sandwich. The honeybee is also a contributor to our health as it pollinates many nutritious plants and keeps the flowers blooming.  

Honeybees do sting, but typically they do not bring out their swords unless threatened. If your come in close proximity with bees, stay calm, hold still, and move slowly. More than likely, you are just too sweet, but the bee will soon fly away to seek another source of sweetness.

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