Retirement is not the end; it is a wonderful new beginning.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Recreational Equipment, Inc.- a.k.a. - REI
Today, we drove to Hillsboro, Oregon to shop at their large REI store. We were in the market for a hand-held GPS (for hiking and geocaching), a small pair of binoculars, another daypack and socks. The trip was a success! (Note: The picture was copied from the Hillsboro, Oregon REI website, but the weather and storefront were exactly as we saw it today.)
We now have an amazing hand-held GPS that is setup for hiking AND geocaching AND a digital camera (for documenting that you did, indeed, find the geocach prize). The GPS has topographical maps, accurate distances, and we are going to use the heck out of it! Add a cute little waterproof binocular and we're ready to go hiking again, in style.
We needed (okay, we wanted) another daypack with outside pockets; and now, we each have a pack to split the load. One person carrying all the rain gear, water, etc. is hardly fair.
Ever worn a pair of SmartWool socks? They are wonderful. If you know my past and the challenges I seem to have with shoes and socks, you'll know I am somewhat blister prone. However...I have never had a blister when I wear the SmartWool sock. This is the new wool that you can wash, and they are so soft -- pricey, but worth it.
The drive through the upper Willamette Valley to get to Hillsboro was also a treat. All around, a good day -- a little dent in the pocketbook -- but a good day.
Each day is a gift and in retirement, even more so. The time is mine to pursue anything that interests me and financial freedom gives me possibilities. Locations--Near and Far. Creativity. Social Life. Good Health. Enjoying the beauty of Mother Nature.
This blog was started to document our travels across the country (hence the title, "Driving Miss Terry"), but it has become so much more. What a wonderful phase of life, I do not intend to waste it.
12/14/13-12/31/13 - Olympic Peninsula, WA 12/13/13-12/14/13 - Grants Pass, OR 12/01/13-12/13/13 - Paso Robles, CA 11/01/13-12/01/13 - Borrego Springs, CA 10/23/13-11/01/13 - Wickenburg, AZ 10/22/13-10/23/13 - Las Vegas, NV 10/21/13-10/22/13 - Jackpot, NV 10/14/13-10/21/13 - Richland, WA 10/10/13-10/14/13 - Jackson, OH Year 2012 Itinerary
01/04/12-01/18/12 - Disney World, FL 01/18/12-02/27/12 - Titusville, FL 02/27/12-02/28/12 - Albany, GA 02/28/12-02/29/12 - Little Rock, AR 02/29/12-03/01/12 - Amarillo, TX 03/01/12-03/02/12 - Albuquerque, NM 03/02/12-03/05/12 - Kingman, AZ 03/05/12-03/06/12 - Jackpot, NV 03/06/12-03/07/12 - La Grande, OR 03/07/12-03/09/12 - Richland, WA 03/09/12-10/10/13 - Olympic Peninsula, WA
Year 2011 Itinerary
01/09/11-01/23/11 - Congress, AZ 01/23/11-02/12/11 - Las Vegas, NV 02/12/11-02/18/11 - Death Valley NP, CA 02/18/11-02/22/11 - Valley of Fire SP, NV 02/22/11-03/08/11 - Zion NP, UT 03/08/11-03/15/11 - Lake Powell, AZ 03/15/11-03/19/11 - Grand Canyon, AZ 03/19/11-03/21/11 - Camp Verde, AZ 03/21/11-03/30/11 - Sedona, AZ 03/31/11-04/07/11 - Cortez, CO 04/07/11-04/21/11 - Moab, UT 04/21/11-04/28/11 - Capitol Reef NP, UT 04/28/11-05/01/11 - Bryce Canyon NP, UT 05/01/11-05/02/11 - Twin Falls, ID 05/02/11-05/03/11 - Pendleton, OR 05/03/11-05/22/11 - Richland, WA 05/22/11-11/05/11 - Olympic Peninsula, WA 11/05/11-11/08/11 - Eugene, OR 11/08/11-11/09/11 - Redding, CA 11/09/11-11/10/11 - Bakersfield, CA 11/10/11-11/13/11 - Lake Havasu City, AZ 11/13/11-11/15/11 - Yuma, AZ 11/15/11-11/17/11 - Tucson, AZ 11/17/11-11/18/11 - Deming, NM 11/18/11-11/19/11 - Carlsbad, NM 11/19/11-11/23/11 - Fredericksburg, TX 11/23/11-11/29/11 - Livingston, TX 11/29/11-12/01/11 - Vidalia, LA 12/01/11-12/02/11 - Mobile, AL 12/02/11-12/04/11 - Carabelle, FL 12/04/11-12/06/11 - Crystal River, FL 12/06/11-01/03/12 - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Year 2010 Itinerary
05/30/10-05/31/10 - Silver Creek, WA 05/31/10-06/21/10 - Astoria, OR 06/21/10-06/28/10 - Netarts, OR 06-28/10-07/05/10 - Lincoln City, OR 07/05-10-07/26/10 - Winchester Bay, OR 07/26/10-08/02/10 - Port Orford, OR 08/02/10-08/16/10 - Klamath, CA 08/16/10-08/23/10 - Redcrest, CA 08/23/10-09/07/10 - Napa, CA 09/07/10-10/05/10 - San Juan Bautista, CA 10/05/10-10/23/10 - Paso Robles, CA 10/23/10-10/24/10 - Adelanto, CA 10/24/10-11/26/10 - Palm Springs, CA 11/26/10-12/26/10 - Chula Vista, CA 12/26/10-01/09/11 - Borrego Springs, CA