Every year, I travel with my family to a nature resort, gardens, and preserve in north Georgia called Callaway Gardens. Every year, I can look forward to adventures kayaking and hiking and exploring in the foothills of the Appalachians. Now, writing this blog post in reflection of my trip this year, I’ve considered just how much gear I’ve acquired at my time at The Backpacker and how much all of it has enhanced the comfort and coolness of my adventures.
Osprey Daylite pack – The lightweight 13L pack that has nearly taken the place of a purse in my life. I’ve loved using it for this Callaway trip (and everyday life) because I enjoy that it sits pretty narrowly on my back, has extremely comfortable shoulder straps, and has just enough room for my daily essentials – discouraging me from overpacking!
Teva Terra Float Livia sandals – I love these well-cushioned water/day sandals. They use the same R-Mat technology as some of of Hoka One One’s highly stable, cloud-like shoes, for responsiveness and durability. They feel great even when wet and also perform well as a hiking sandal – I’ve worn them even for 10-mile hikes.
Outdoor Tech Buckshot 2.0 speaker – Water-proof, shock-proof, and a sweet sound quality that surprisingly comes from such a small piece of tech. The pocket clip and Bluetooth made it really easy and comfortable to have on my side for hikes.
Suncloud Loveseat sunglasses – Seriously never found a pair of sunglasses that works for my face like these do. The bronze mirror lens that I have enhances colors beautifully outside as well.
The two of us in our adventure shoes.
Oboz Bridger Mid hiking boots – I selected these after pondering what boot to choose for months. I decided on these because I knew the waterproof leather would be great for hiking in colder temperatures later, and I was just going to deal with them not being as breathable for this summer trip as some of my other options. They surprised me in being much more breathable than I expected (for a waterproof leather boot) and comfortable after not having given them much time to break in (like 4 hours of wear total). The aggressive tread and support were awesome. Also, I dig the red leather.
Salomon X-Mission 3 trail running shoes – With these, I’ve finally found a running shoe that fits my foot perfectly. Their structure and tread make light hikes easy, and the QuickLace system is such a cool feature. My little sister also got to enjoy them when I let her borrow them for her senior trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Prana swimwear (Aleka top, Sabra bottoms) – A trip to Callaway Gardens involves jumping into and getting out of lakes and pools multiple times a day, so I usually just never change out of a swimsuit. Both pieces were really comfortable, with the top providing way more support than a girl usually finds in a swimsuit top. Thus, this one was Callaway-worthy.
Nalgene bottle – Because no other simple water bottle of similar durability holds as much water or stickers as a Nalgene.
Dad’s barbecuing on the 4th of July!