The early warm weather here in Maine has hikers (seasoned and new) looking at the possibilities of getting out on the trails. If you are new to hiking you want an enjoyable first time experience. Key to that is avoiding blisters. The following article tells you how to do that! "Ask an Outdoorsman: Blisters 101: Don't get off on the wrong foot", Portland Press Herald, March 21, 2010. Click here for information about hiking in Maine.
Oh . . . and by the way . . . while walking along trails in the woods early in the season look out for ice under the leaves for the next few weeks. You don't want to slip and hurt yourself on unseen ice!