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