After hearing the news of a woman injuring her ankle on a hike in Baxter State Park, it got me to thinking about some of the hiking adventures my wife and I have been on. Each and every time we always made sure we had all the necessary provisions stashed into a really good backpack, complete with a simple first aid kit, compass, and rain ponchos among other things. Also, our attire was also appropriate for the hike. Over the ankle hiking footwear I feel is essential. It's really easy to twist an ankle in a pair of running sneakers.

But one of the most important things is to pick a hiking area that suits your fitness level. If you've been a couch potato all winter long, then a hike up a trail like Precipice at Acadia National Park is not for you. Might I suggest a nice jaunt around Jordan Pond instead.

By the way, my only major hike was Mt. Katahdin in 2001. I'm no longer physically able to do it. I know my limits.

Here's an example of what a portion of the Precipice Trail looks like. Might I add that it is the most dangerous part, and I have never attempted it. Choose your summer hikes carefully and have fun.