Climb Every Mountain

Good thing they pay dividends.
Good thing REI pays dividends.

No, this blog post isn’t as awesome as this one that mentions the song by that same name, but here goes …

 I am going to Mount Mitchell in a week, and I cannot wait! A trip to REI yesterday resulted in a lot of fun. $360 later, I have a new pair of hiking pants, a pack for my dog, some Tevas to wear by the campfire, some thingie that attaches to my boots so I can walk through snow and ice, a water filter/purification who-knows-how-to-use-this-thing-anyway so we can drink from the stream and not get gross bacteria or dirt or worms or something, magnesium fire starter, matches and a waterproof holder, a shovel and some toilet paper, some hiking socks, toe warmers and a coffee filter that attaches to my Camelbak bottle. (The only real necessity is the coffee filter IMHO. Ok, and the toe warmers.) Jeff got a new pair of hiking pants and some socks and some of the basics we all have to have (matches, etc.) He’s reading Les Stroud’s Survive right now … (fittingly, a gift from Kevin.)

 Good thing about that REI Visa and dividends coming out soon …