The jeep tipped precariously to the right – and then to the left again – threatening to fall over the huge boulders beneath us.
I gasped and gripped my seat. “You do know that we have our child in the backseat, right?” I said as I peeked over nervously at my husband who was maneuvering the steering wheel with a focused grin on his face.
All of a sudden, I heard a warm and rumbly laugh from the backseat. I looked back at our 1 1/2 year old daughter, strapped in her carseat. She sat smiling ear-to-ear. She was clearly having a grand time.
My husband smirked a little. I relaxed. If my baby could enjoy 4-wheeling, so could I.
That was a year ago. Our 2 1/2 daughter still loves 4-wheeling and hiking and riding on the quad or go-cart with her daddy. She’s fearless, I tell you.
She gets that from her daddy.
He’s totally and completely into the Great Outdoors. He feels alive in the wilderness. He feels at home with a campfire, a knife, a tent, and a scenic landscape.
I, too have a bit of an outdoorsy side. I’ve hiked miles and miles, backpacked in northern California, been rockclimbing and rapelling and ocean kayaking and whitewater rafting. And I do like the feel of the sun on my shoulders, the way it feels to jump into the water after a long hike, the beauty of inhaling unpolluted air.
But he likes all of that more. Nature speaks to him somehow.
That’s why he’s a huge fan of REI – a company with a passion for outdoor adventure.
This Father’s Day, think REI. Whether his hobby of choice is camping, hiking, cycling, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, running, swimming, backpacking, or snoeshoeing, REI has everything he could possibly dream of.
FOR THE BACKPACKER
REI Quarter Dome T2 Tent ($269)
This top-rated, 2-person tent weighs in at only 3 lbs. 12 ounces. It’s featherweight and compact, an ideal choice for long excursions when every ounce that you’re carrying matters. When you reach your campsite, it pops into place effortlessly. But don’t let the easy set-up fool you: it’s strong and sturdy and seals out the rain with magnificent efficiency.
FOR THE SKIER
REI Taku Pants ($159)
If your guy enjoys “cold weather” sports (climbing, snoeshowing, & skiing), he’ll be sure to appreciate REI’s Taku Pants. They’re waterproof, breathable, and offer weather-tight protection. Yet they’re also stylish enough and roomy enough to make any guy feel comfortable. The zippered bottom ensures that he’ll be able to fit the pant legs over his boots as he faces the storm.
FOR THE SURVIVALIST
His cool meter will go up fifty notches when he shows his friends this refillable lighter that will “bring forth fire in even the direst of weather conditions.” Yep – this little powerhouse of a tool can withstands winds up to 80 miles per hour. Sa-weet!
Or you could always get him a gift card (that’s sure to be a winner!):
So…What would you buy with a gift card to REI?
I think I’d get:
- First Picture: Oboz Yellowstone Mid Hiking Boots ($125)
- Second Picture: REI Venus 75 Pack Women’s ($199)
- Third Picture: Kelty Eclipse +35 Sleeping Bag – Double-Wide ($129.95)
Oh wait – was I supposed to be shopping for Father’s Day? My bad…