If you enjoy travel, a great way to remember your trip is through hiking staff medallions. Whether you like to get off the beaten path and explore your destination by means of trail or simply want a unique and
conversational souvenir to remember your trip, medallions are great mementos and create a personalized travel history.
Already available at most State and National Parks and Forests, more and more tourist destinations are adding medallions to their selection of souvenirs available for purchase in gift shops. States are getting into the act by offering medallions which depict scenes, animals, plant life, or activities which represent what the state is all about. Averaging around $5.00 each, medallions are also a very reasonably priced and affordable souvenir which appeals to a wide age range.
If you already have or decide to start a collection, you will need a means by which to display your medallions. As these are hiking staff medallions, you will most likely want to display them on a hiking staff. There are many options available and you probably even have the opportunity to purchase a staff at many locations which have medallions for sale. Hiking staffs range in length, diameter, and finish. Some have wrapped hand holds, leather wrist straps, and spiked tips. One thing to keep in mind is that the medallion will probably need to be slightly adjusted depending on the diameter of the staff you choose. Medallions come supplied with two small tacks, or nails, which are used to secure the medallion to the staff through two predrilled holes on either side of the medallion. Using a small hammer, this works best, drive the tack through the medallion and into the hiking staff. Placement of the medallions is up to you. Some opt to line the medallions straight down the staff while others prefer a more random placement. It is your hiking staff, make it unique to you.
An alternative to purchasing a staff is to make your own. Staffs made from tree limbs and saplings work well and allow you to customize and create a staff unique to replacement handle. These are often times made of pine or poplar and have a diameter which allows for easy attachment of medallions. Cut the handle to length making sure to cut the end opposite the handle which should already be rounded. Drill a hole about 6 to 8 inches from the top through which to secure a leather or nylon wrist strap. The final step is to address the end which will contact the road or trail. One possibility is to use a rubber furniture tip or cane tip which will provide excellent traction as well as protect the staff. There are also spike ferrule tips available and run around $3.00 each.
With a little time and effort you can create a customized and unique reminder of your adventures and trips. A place to store all your souvenirs.