Make a Ball Cap Into A Visor

I love Gail Davidson’s ball cap/visor with the havelock drape to protect her ears/neck from the sun. Janet Reichl modified an existing ball cap for her. Instructions are from Janet below.

How to Make a Ball Cap into a Visor

  1. Working on the inside of the hat, pin the band to the body of the hat so you can easily mark a cutting line that is about 3/8” from the edge of the band. See picture.
  2. Cut out the top of the hat.
  3. Fold the cut edge toward the inside of the hat so your fold line is even with the top edge of the band and the cut edge becomes hidden between the hat and the band. Pin in place.
  4. Sew the folded edge to the band, either by machine or by hand.

This is an easy project that will work with any ball cap that has an inside band that isn’t too thick to sew through.

Now I hate sewing so I came up with a faster/easier idea, although it doesn’t look nearly so nice. I took a clean handkerchief and a ready-made visor (so I don’t have to cut/sew) and pulled the handkerchief up from the inside and let it  drape down a bit. So far, this has stayed in place and is easy to remove and throw into the washing machine. Janet aptly pointed out that it could blow away so I could put a pin or even add some Velcro (non-sticky part on the band of the visor, sticky part on the cloth handkerchief). If I ever have trouble, I will but so far, even though the visor is slightly large for my head, it seems quite secure.

If you have suggestions for things to make life easier/better for our members, send the information to blog@seniorsoutdoors.org.

What Are Our Members Doing?

I thought it might be interesting to see how many people participated in outings on a random week. Here are the results of outings for the week of June 30-July 6:

DateHike NameDifficultyNumber of Participants
June 30Goulding Creek Trail to Jones Creek TrailHard, 11 miles, 2200’, Pace moderately brisk5
July 1
Two Hour Monday Hike6 miles, 1500 ft, Brisk Pace5 (includes late comers)
July 1Climb Madden PeakHard 5.5 miles, 2500 ft12
July 1Monday Bike Ride for Intermediate Road CyclistsModerate Pace12
July 2Vallecito CreekHard, 11 miles, 1,200 ft., Moderate Pace8
July 3Cascade Creek TrailModerate, 6 mile, 900 ft., HIGH ALTITUDE, min. elevation 9,000 ft., Moderate pace18
July 3Edgemont HighlandsEasy, Up to 3 miles, Up to 300 ft., Easy Pace18
July 4Bike RideModerate to Leisurely Pace, 29 miles average 12 mph10
July 6Taylor Lake Saturday ClassicModerate to Hard, 8 to 12.5 miles, 1000 to 2620 ft., Moderate Pace16

As expected, we had a wide range of activities to meet a variety of interests and abilities.

Thank you to all of our leaders for your information.

From Margaret Mayer Wandering Naturalist

The flowers and plants are lush from the winter snows and especially if you are following a stream and in aspen spruce forest. Rocky Mountain Columbine are big bouquets, little white Canada violets still blooming in moist places, and tall light blue chiming bells are starting to bloom.

Edibles you might want to enjoy are tendrils of vetches, anise flavored seeds of sweet cicely, leaves of bittercress and osha but be sure you know poisonous water hemlock. Strawberries,raspberries, and thimbleberries will be ready for eating in a couple weeks.

Vetch, image from Wikipedia

Till next time enjoy the world of plants

Wednesday Easy Hikers

Wednesday Easy Hikers, Greg and Karen Bell, crossing creek where culvert was washed out.

In the past, I have sometimes felt that I wasn’t a “real” Seniors Outdoors member because I only do the Wednesday Easy Hikes (WEH). Of all of the outings offered, these are the easiest (except maybe for the River Walks in the winter). Before the WEH began, I had some trepidation the night prior to a hike that was new to me. Being relatively new to Durango, that meant most of the hikes. Now I feel almost no concerns before starting a new WEH.

Folks choose these easier hikes for a variety of reasons, most commonly because of age, physical condition, and pre or post surgery. While we are less likely to have lots of rocks to scale, we may well have long, and even fairly steep, inclines to climb. Our pace is slower than the Wednesday Wanderers but we usually hike about 3 miles. We have had anywhere from 3 to 18 participants each outing.

On a recent hike to Tripp Gulch, we were faced with a choice of crossing a creek that had washed out the culvert we had planned to walk across or returning the way we had come. We all agreed that we would move forward. Some hikers found a precarious crossing a little upstream but most of us climbed down 5 or 6 feet (well above my less than 5 foot height), crossed the stream, and up again. We all made it unscathed and happy that we were out in nature.

As a result, I feel I have earned the right to really be in SO! I look forward to our next outing. I’m pleased that SO! provides such a wide variety of activities and levels of activities to accommodate so many people. Keep it up!