We were driving down a mountainside last month and both girls were asleep in their car seats. I looked over at Tim and a sudden feeling of admiration came over me…and kinship over shared joys. I said, “I’m so glad you love the outdoors. My life could have been very different if I had married someone who didn’t share that passion.” His green eyes smiled at me in agreement.
Tim is actually much more outdoorsy than I am – a fact that I am grateful for. Although I have been backpacking, rock climbing, rappelling, white water rafting, and ocean kayaking…I am still not as sure or as steady on my feet as he is. He bounds up and down boulders with ease. I go more slowly, watching my feet. He runs uphill on trails without stopping to catch his breath. My lungs can’t compete. He can hike for miles with a heavy load on his back. Carrying a baby is plenty for me.
I think part of my trepidation is linked to the fact that I wasn’t out in the wild as much as a child. Tim remarked to me on a recent hike, with amusement in his voice, that our girls were going to pass me up pretty soon. And I think he may be right. Our 4-year-old can scramble across rough terrain without flinching. I am so proud (and I HOPE they do surpass me…in every way).
See those boots that Tim is wearing? They’re the Rainier eVent WPi boots by Hi-Tec. Built for backpacking, they are sturdily constructed and offer excellent ankle support. He can walk through water, mud, and rocks – without worry about water seeping in. Even though they protect against anything getting IN, they’re still lightweight and breathable enough to be supremely comfortable.
Hi-Tec also sent me the V-Lite Snowflake Chukka 200i boots. You are going to love them. Ready?
Cute, right? I’m totally wearing them right now as I sit on the coach, typing away on my laptop at midnight. And I’m not just wearing them for the picture either. Despite it being hot here in Southern AZ, my feet still get cold at night (strange, but true).
These waterproof beauties are going to be perfect for tromping through the leaves, snow, and ice this winter. Cold weather, here I come!
WIN IT! One winner will receive a pair of boots of his/her choice from Hi-Tec. To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Monday, October 11th at 11:59 p.m. All generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified. Winner must provide a US mailing address.
* Hi-Tec sent me a sample for review purposes and is also providing 1 pair of boots for the giveaway.
*UPDATE* The winner is #203 Amanda. Congratulations!