I am heading off in October 05 for a month and a bit to first go on a Contiki tour in Hawaii, then spending about a week on a cattle ranch in the US west, then taking a Trek America tour from LA to LA encompassing San Diego, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, San Francisco etc, then possibly on NY for a few days and maybe take in Niagara Falls. I think I am camping off and on with the Trek America tour, so I am getting geared up with a backpack for the first time in my life - probably a Karrimor!
But my dilemma is what footwear to take given I will be on a cattle ranch horseriding for a week, but also heading to the Canyon and maybe other national parks. I don't think we will be doing long hiking treks but I am guessing I will still need comfy footwear with decent grip and maybe a thick sole, but not too chunky so it fits in the horse riding stirrup!! Will a trainer/sneaker suffice or will it not be enough protection on the feet???
Plus, I was thinking of buying some open toe sandals to also take along, the trekking variety for hot days - will this be necessary during October in Hawaii and western USA?? I am guessing for NY it will not be and will need to bring a 'going out' pair of shoes at least for the whole trip - you all know what us women are like!!
Anyway, if anyone can provide any tips or advice on the footwear, that would be most appreciated!!