That’s right! I did it! I bought new hiking boots. I definitely need to get them broken in before I do any major hiking.
I was starting to get a bit of cabin fever because it has snowed on and off this whole week, so I went to the Danner Factory Outlet up on NE Airport Way. I bought a pair of Danner Mountain Light Cascade Boots, which is the same style of boots that Reese Witherspoon wore in the movie “Wild”.
I decided to go with the Factory seconds that I found in my size. They look good, and that while they have have more minor imperfections, they are still well made (and cost less than the Factory firsts).
While I was out today, and beings that the roads were totally fine by early in the afternoon, I also ran to the mall to go to REI and Eddie Bauer. Yep, outdoorsy girl heaven right there.
At REI, I picked up a couple pairs of hiking socks, mainly for while I am trying to get my Danner’s broken in, and saving the socks I make myself for once my boots are broken in. I also picked up a travel wallet, mainly because it can hold my cellphone as help me stick with only the necessities for going out and about. I also picked up a new flip lid for my 20 oz hydroflask, in blue so it will match, and a pink rubbery bottom for the aforementioned hydroflask.
While I was at the mall I went in and went to Eddie Bauer, and picked up what they call the “connect tech travel bag”, which is a smaller purse like bag that can fit a wallet, cellphone, keys, a small tablet and a few other necessities.
I love going shopping at REI, and Eddie Bauer is nice when you are looking for something in particular.
Danner is a Portland company with roots going back to the 1930’s. REI was started in (and is still based out of) Seattle, and Eddie Bauer is based out of Bellevue, Wa (a suburb of Seattle). The Seattle area is local enough for me.
The hiking socks I bought as well as the Danner boots are made here in the USA, which makes me feel even better about them.
This spring and summer I am definitely wanting and needing to do some more hiking.