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Our New Tent

Like other REI co-op members, we received our annual dividend a few weeks ago. And like many of them, we promptly spent it.

Last year, we spent our dividend on backpacks for our [failed] Yosemite High Sierra Camp Trip.

Side Note: I saw that they started plowing the Tioga Road in Yosemite this week. Pretty sure that this High Sierra season will go off without a hitch. Just our luck   🙁

So what did we pick up this year?

Backpacking Tent

Since our first try at backpacking was foiled, we’re taking a new approach. We had the packs. Now we have the tent. We haven’t planned a specific trip yet, but we’ve discussed some easy trip options here in Wisconsin. I’ll keep you posted.

As for the tent, I had read good things about REI’s Half Dome tents, so we chose the REI Half Dome 2 Plus. With a husband measuring in at a height of 6’5″, the extra room of the Plus version wasn’t just for luxury, it’s a necessity.

Now that the major pieces of the backpacking puzzle are in place, it’s time to plan an actual trip. Of course, it will have to wait until we return from Yellowstone. That trip is approaching fast!

Navigating a Busy Weekend with Fingers Crossed

Well, we are just a little over a week out from our trip out west. However, our travel plans are still a little uncertain.

As I wrote back in May, our original trip – a 5-day loop trip through the Yosemite High Sierra Camps – was cancelled due to snow. After the initial disappointment wore off, we went back to the drawing board and modified our vacation plans. As it stands, we will still visit Yosemite National Park, staying in one of the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge’s tent cabins, for the first half of the trip followed by a drive south to Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks for the second half.

Unfortunately, Tuolumne Meadows Lodge is still not open. The tentative open date is Friday, July 15. We arrive on Tuesday, July 19. The conditions in the high country of Yosemite are still that bad. Snow can suck it.

Any good vibes you can send our way are much appreciated.

Even though our weeklong vacation is a week away, Jason and I kept ourselves busy this weekend. Friday afternoon, we headed up to Madison on a quest to find some new clothes for the trip. Our first stop: REI.

While I didn’t have much luck in the vacation clothes department, I did score some of my favorite running tights from The North Face, on sale no less. I also picked up a couple of new books that I’ll be sure to share my thoughts on once I dig into them.

Jason and I followed our REI stop with the mall. I picked up a couple of tops from Dick’s Sporting Goods and a couple from Eddie Bauer. While at Eddie Bauer, I also found a new dress for Saturday’s activity: the wedding of our friends Justin and Erin.

Saturday was a beautiful day for a wedding, even one that was indoors. With about two hours to kill between the ceremony and reception, Jason and I went on the hunt for food with a view. We found it at On the Rock Restaurant in Watertown.

Jason and I ordered their three appetizers special, the Cardiac Arrest or something of the sort, along with a couple of beverages.

Instagram fun!
Break between ceremony & reception: Doin' it up right!

Jason chose chicken tenders for himself and mozzarella sticks to split with me. I picked the fried pickle chips.

I have read about pickle chips on other foodie blogs, and all the reviews of this snack are right on: they are awesome! I devoured the chips, and if it wasn’t for the meal waiting for me at the reception, I totally would have ordered more.

While we ate, we enjoyed a view of the Rock River.

After our snack, we continued on to the reception. Check out the couple’s super cute cake topper. FYI – both the bride and the groom played rugby in college.

Justin & Erin's Wedding - July 9, 2011

Alas, no hiking this weekend. There was a four-mile run today in the 80-degree heat, so I’m quickly running out of steam. Hoping you had an enjoyable weekend, whatever you spent it doing  🙂


In case you missed it, my first official gear review for Camping Gear TV was released earlier this week. I shared my thoughts on Hi-Tec’s V-Lite Infinity HPI adventure sports shoe. Be sure to check it out!

 

Workin' the Outdoors into My Closet

Jason and I hit West Towne Mall in Madison on Saturday before the snowstorm. I had some really good luck finding clothes, a huge improvement over the previous weekend’s shopping trip during which I proceeded to try on pair of pants after pair of pants without any of them fitting. I was a very unhappy shopper, and I love shopping  🙁 .

For the first time ever, I bought clothes at Eddie Bauer. A cute plaid skirt immediately caught my eye. I think it’s great for fall and winter, and it has a certain “outdoorsy” aesthetic.

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At Eddie Bauer, I also found this incredible sweater. It’s casual, comfortable, and very “homey.”

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We did make a stop at REI. I just intended to browse, but they happened to have some great sales on apparel. I found two North Face henleys just like the grey one I bought before Yosemite (which you can see here and here). I LOVE my grey shirt and was ecstatic to find the same shirt in a couple of other great colors.

It’s hard to see, but the shirt on the right is a dark teal.
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I have always been drawn to what I’ll call the “L.L. Bean look,” but I have never really gone there. However, I think I’ve hit a place where this aesthetic is most appealing to me , based both on my new interests and, well, my age  😉 .

Question:
What influences your fashion style?

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