Just Another Week in the Life of Appalachian Trail Planning

I am sure that you all are waiting eagerly to read about our trip to REI. Drum-roll please…

Actually it wasn’t as exciting as we made it out to be. 😦

After spending an evening/night with our lovely friend Portia laughing, getting schooled at a game called Blink and eating brownies, we used Alison’s GPS to find our way to REI. We actually sat in the car for 5 minutes debating our game plan. Once inside we were greeted with camping eye candy. (note: it is a good thing we are thrifty Mennonites. We could have bought the whole store) We decided to scope out the territory before asking any questions directly to the staff. Once we felt comfortable we asked the experts about hiking poles (cork vs rubber handles, anti-shock or not), boots (size with or without wool socks and room for expansion) and sleeping pad, sleeping bags and socks. We found the staff very helpful and knowledgeable…except for one thing.

They said they didn’t know how we could buy just a rain fly for our tent. 😦 So, Renee will be calling REI headquarters and try her hand at persuasion. Either that or we fork over $300 for a new tent. Eek.

On the way home we took turns reading aloud a book about the trail. Good times. Oh, and we stopped for ice cream. 🙂

All in all it we feel it was a beneficial trip.

 

 

Alison poses with sleeping bags at REI
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About Renee

I enjoy adventures. Whether running marathons, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, working with Service Adventure, or working with youth as Program Director of Swan Lake Christian Camp for 9 years, I have encountered many an adventure. On this site I will try to capture the big and small ones for you. Enjoy!

Posted on January 15, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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