The Clueless Wanderer

I’m headed to one of my dream trips in June of 2017 and I’ve been slowly piecing together gear. I’ve been checking out items through internet research, friends and the FB community Adventure Some Women. I finally found myself in Utah, with nothing to do on a rainy afternoon in December, and decided I would go to REI and finally try on some boots.

I am a total noob when in the field of hiking boot erudition, so I went in with the most shallow forethought: COLOR! I figure I would narrow it down from there. Don’t judge me, I can be very vain.

I have wide feet, as exclaimed by the sales lady. Yes, she literally exclaimed it. After donning on the thickest hiking socks I could find, I liked how there was no “pinkie toe rub” as I walked around, jumped up and down, and even shuffled along the carpet. I was doing everything I could to see if I could initiate that “pinkie toe rub” thing and nothing. The boots are very lightweight, waterproof and comfortable right out of the box. Ankle support was second to none as I felt the support without feeling any constriction of movement.

After bidding Taffy, my REI consultant adieu, I set off to the Pipeline Trail in Mill Creek Canyon to put these puppies to the test! When I arrived, it had been raining all night and rain was still spitting little droplets, tickling my nose and making me want a hot latte to go along with the chilly afternoon.

Mother Nature had made her own slick slip-n-slide and I was ready to get on board!

I was planning on changing back into my regular shoes after my hike, but they were so comfortable, I wore them to complete my errands and finished back at the hotel. I’m really pleased with this find.

See you on the trails!

 Much love and Aloha,
Your clueless wanderer


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