A good haul.

Hi friends!!!!

Wow have the last 2 weeks been really good for us with gathering supplies!!

So i have that pair of shoes that i used to hike the Andes in and several hiking ventures since then, but they say you can go through anywhere from 3-5 pairs of shoes on the trail and that as you hike your feet swell to sometimes 2 times their normal size. I was nervous about this because hiking shoes are expensive!!! Especially the brand that i have and love which is Keen. The pair i bought about 5 years ago was over $100. Now that pair is still good and i am going to still use it but i knew i was going to need new shoes as some point if i didn’t want to pull a Cheryl Strayed and hike in some duck tape flip flops. So mom and i went to Scheels (an outdoor store) and i took a look at some shoes and saw a pair that looked very breathable for the dessert, not a color i loved but low and behold they were on clearance for $70!!!! Totally new shoes for a steal, i got them a size bigger for foot health! Then the same day we hit the REI garage sale and i got a pair of slightly used shoes (also keen), two sizes bigger for $30!!!!! 2 pairs of shoes for the price of 1! Love it!!!

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Mom and i got our pack covers for when we run into rain ๐Ÿ™‚

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yep mine is super bright orange hahaha!

got two of my favorite brand of sports bra, between the two new ones and two that i already have, i am set for the trail. i will have two will me at all times, when one goes ill have another shipped to me.

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i got my thermals for pretty cheap at Scheels (sometimes they are like the Walmart of sporting goods and other times they are severely overpriced). i wasn’t worried about style or anything with this since they will be under my clothes and no one will see them.

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the last steal we got at the REI garage sale are a pair of zip-off pants for me! these normally go for around $80+ i found these lightly worn, they were returned because the drawstring on the bottom of one leg broke (which is fine by me, i have a pair of pants like that already so i am used to it lol) they were being resold for $30!!! These are my shorts and pants all in one.

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unlike my shoes i bought these pants a size smaller than i am currently. i have the pants i used to use for hiking that are a smidgen big that i can use for the first few weeks as i lose weight until the smaller size pants fit.

and last but not least, today i got my bear canister. This is required for parts of the trail like Yosemite and the Sierras.

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Thats all for now, but i am so excited for these great deals!!!!!

Talk to you soon!

Shopping Day

Hi everyone!!!!

Can you feel fall in the air?! I Can!!! The mornings are getting very chilly and crisp here and i LOVE it!

So unfortunately i do not have an unlimited budget, actually after my shopping day my accounts are pretty much empty lol, but i will hopefully have some income coming in soon. I am not going to lie, i needed new jeans (that don’t have holes in them) and then i saw a cute shirt and jacket to go with it, that helped break the bank not just my trail stuff. But anyways, on to the good stuff……what i got for the trail:

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Our sleeping pads! Mom and I got the same pads, most people on the trail that i have been reading about have used these sleep pads. I took the pad out in REI and laid down on it, it is suprisingly comfy for something so thin, i am happy with it.

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Merino Wool socks! I got them on clearance at REI ๐Ÿ™‚ Mom and i are heading to REI every week or two to shop the clearance racks, don’t judge, i told you i am broke, so clearance and sales are my best friend.

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A great sleeping bag liner. it will add 20 degrees to my sleeping bag which means i am good to go even if i get stuck in a snow storm in the Sierras or Washington mountains. It feels all furry and warm inside it, i like it and am excited for it.

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I found my desert pajama top!!! It was on clearance at REI and it is bug repellent!!!! I love the idea of my shirt repelling bugs while i sleep, hopefully i will sleep a little sounder know this. The sleeves are mesh-like so they are nice and breathable and it is a very thin lightweight shirt. Ill let you know how it holds up.

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T-shirt for the desert! It is sweat wicking which is a vital compenant for the hot California desert. Got it on clearance at Sierra Trading post, it is very silky and comfy. You will notice i am not posting pictures of me in these clothes yet…..this is because i am nursing a most unfortunate muffin top and i am buying my shirts to be tight so that they will still fit as i loose weight. They are not so tight as to be uncomfortable but they are not the most flattering at the moment. I do plan on losing 10-15lbs before i leave on the trail and i know i will probably lose another 10-15 minimum on the trail.

Last but not least we have the meager beginnings of a first aid kit, very meager:

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Mostly it is blister care, there is still so much more to acquire but slowly but surely i am getting there.

I have got about 7.5 months to get everything else. I can do it!!!

Talk to you soon….