On my organizing and productivity blog, About Organizing, I strongly caution people against buying all of the equipment and gear for a new hobby until they have been engaging in said hobby for several months. Think of the person who golfs once and then buys a full set of clubs only to have them left in the garage collecting dust three months later. I call this abundance clutter. Baby steps, people.
This is why I don’t own proper hiking shoes. I hike so infrequently and am so casual about it, I just wear sneakers or my Bean Boots. On the day I hiked the Eagleville Preserve Trail in Mansfield, I had Hunter boots on–probably the worst footwear choice in the world for hiking, but the absolute best shoes to wear in Connecticut in the late winter / early spring. A dry foot is a happy foot.
Eagleville was a spur of the moment decision. I was cruising Coventry solo without a specific destination in mind when I saw it on Route 275 and jumped out of the car to explore. The trail is technically in Mansfield, but it feels more like Coventry, and the combo of the railroad track, the river, and the almost-spring greenery made it a pleasant stroll in inappropriate footwear.
A Hike on the Eagleville Preserve Trail | map