In an interesting turn of events, our family will be taking a little trip to Las Vegas. I’ve never been to Las Vegas, but I’m sure most normal people who go do not bring their almost 2-year-old. 🙂 Once we got the invite to Las Vegas, I knew one of the first things Jeff would think of – its proximity to the Grand Canyon.
Jeff and his uncle will be hiking the Grand Canyon while Macy and I will be doing…well, whatever people do who don’t hike the Grand Canyon. Here’s a fact I didn’t know until we were making preparations to go – you can take a mule down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Wait, it gets better. You can take a mule down the Grand Canyon, but you have to reserve said-mule like a year in advance. Wow.
So, tonight we found ourselves in a little store called REI. There’s only two in Houston, believe it or not, so I guess I’m not the only one who doesn’t “camp” or camp or whatever.
The people who work there, though, REALLY know their camping. And hiking. And just about anything outdoorsy. Jeff talked to one person about clothing, another about snacks, another about first-aid kits/water cleaning stuff, and even another about altitude while hiking the Grand Canyon. I had no idea there was so much speciality stuff when it came to being outside. No clean water? Just grab an iodine kit. Need to eat? Get some “dried” lasagna stuff. Need energy? Grab you a Gu energy gel pack – goo that will start your engines.
I found myself wandering around the women’s clothing section. Getting a new outfit? Now that is something I can get behind.