Yes the poppy-red Altus rain gear arrived and I have taken it out on one walking adventure. I think I will be quite happy with my cheerful purchase. Later I will post the hunchback photos (I become "Ginnimodo when I wear the pack under the ponch!).
Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain!
FYI: this really is a rain coat (with built in pack cover) and NOT a traditional poncho. Several people have advised me to not get a poncho (due to wind). For more information on this poncho, see my previous post or drop me a note. Did I mention how quickly it arrived? Ordered it from Spain on Sunday and had it in New Mexico by noon on Wednesday!
They thoughtfully included a cherry lollipop in the mailing! 8-)
On my weekend jaunt to Phoenix (to attend the delightful Arizona Renaissance Festival) I found time to go shopping with my aspiring Eagle-Scout grandson. He acted as my consultant on this shopping-expedition.
We researched the inventory of a few sporting goods stores looking for just the right woman's sleeping bag weighing in under 2 pounds and rated around 25 degrees F. We happily found a wonderful Kelty which I had read about online. It was on sale too.
At the last moment, I asked the clerk if he had a regular instead of a tall (shaving off a few more ounces from the weight). He went in the back room and reappeared moments later, with my requested item and a big grin on his face: this bag was reduced even further! I paid about $80 - well under the prices I saw on Google shopper and E-Bay.
This bag has a clever zipper at the bottom which allows me to let my feet breathe a bit. I actually waddled around with it on. I looked a bit like a penguin. Miss Zia, my pup, was pretty puzzled by my strange antics. I almost fell over from laughing at her funny facial expressions as she cocked her head from one side to the other and furrowed her sweet brow.
Besides its entertainment value, I think this sleeping bag will be just right for my Camino experience.
So my gear collection is growing. I will board the aircraft and fly off to Madrid in about eight weeks...That old Carly Simon tune (Anticipation) is running through my head as I anticipate the big adventure ahead.
More later...too much to do at the office these days...sigh. But life is good...