I was already excited about my upcoming trip to Boulder next weekend to visit a BFF and then I pulled up the forecast. Woot! Perfect weather for our plan to:
and rent bikes if the weather holds.
(fingers crossed that no more wild fires will threaten the area)
As usual before travel, I have started obsessing over what to take. Do I have the right bag? Do I need a NEW bag (any excuse)? No, no I need new hiking shoes more than I need a new bag. Do I have the right jacket? And on and on. Gah!
Anyway, just a few days before I’m due to leave, I have finally found a good pair of shoes and will be returning the cute, but unnecessary, bag I bought at Macy’s during my initial travel spin-up frenzy. I’ll be needing that cash anyway to buy trinkets in Boulder, right?
So the shoes. I don’t know if I’ve every mentioned how much I hate shopping for shoes. The problem, as I see it, is that shoe manufacturers cater to people with average to wide feet. So a girl with long skinny feet [raises hand] has to resort to all manner of trickery to get a shoe to stay on her foot. I’m talking inserts, thick socks, special lacing techniques. That also means I frequently end up trying every shoe in my size in the store to find something that will work. Time consuming enough in terms of sheer quantity but even more so when you factor in the switching out of inserts, changing up the lacing, etc., etc.
Despite all of that, and thanks to the lovely folks at Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, I finally settled on a pair of Merrel Siren Sport hiking boots. They are comfy, grippy, light-weight and not bad looking as hiking shoes go. I’ll keep you posted on how they do on the rocky Boulder terrain.
OK, I’m off to start sorting through my gear and clothes. And maybe take a shower since it’s already noon and I can’t seem to rustle up the energy to work out. Sheesh.