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Legend of the Lost Tip
on July 13, 2013
Earlier this month, while hiking in Colorado near Glenwood Springs along Dead Horse Creek in Glenwood Canyon to Hanging Lake, I lost the rubber tip off one of my JOBAR INTERNATIONAL TELESCOPIC WALKING STICKS. Nevertheless, I soldiered gamely on against incredible odds while enduring brutal hardships and mounting despair.
I knew with some certainty along which section of the trail the tip had slipped off, and I thought I might retrieve it on the return leg (if I survived the cruel 1.2 miles to the lake). But, no! Since the trail is promoted by Glenwood Springs tourism and heavily trudged by the sweaty masses, some of whom even carry children on their shoulders, I darkly suspect it was picked up by the notorious Rubber Tip Bandit. Blast his (or her) eyes, since there was more than a little sentimental attachment to a tip that had stoutly accompanied me into the Grand Canyon (twice) and into the wilds of Rocky Mountain National Park. It undoubtedly saved my life on multiple occasions.
These REPLACEMENT RUBBER TIPS FOR HAMMERS HIKING POLES appeared to be very similar, if not identical, to the one now likely prominently displayed in some crook's trophy case under a spotlight. Today they arrived and, happily, there's not enough difference to affect function as one fits ever so snugly on my, um, naked pole. I'm good to go once more!
Ok, ok. So perhaps that lost tip wasn't stolen but still lies in a crevice between rocks. But that makes for a less gripping story unlikely to be made into an HBO feature film, don't you think?