Killer Keens: When Good Gear Goes Bad

cursedthing's photo of Keens

“I’ve got your shoes,” my friend’s said in an email. “Great!” I replied.  “ Send them down as soon as you can.  I need the freezer space.” I’m a big believer in good shoes, and for me Keens are the perfect travel shoe.  And now that I have the luxury of living in a place where […]

Tips on investing in your first SCUBA diving gear

Suck on this!

With the range of cost you can actually put your gear together from $600 to $3,000 depending on your preferences, brand of the equipment, model and technology. Of course you get what you pay for and you need to be vigilant in understanding each unit item and what the brands offer. But you don’t have to pay full price on even top of the line items…here are tips on how to save and put together your first scuba gear.

Down to a Daypack: Tips for Packing Light

Carry on bag by Kathryn Greenhill.

“Wow, that’s impressive,” the other traveler said, admiring my daypack as I boarded the bus to Orange Walk.  “Of course, a lot of my stuff is diving gear.” “I’ve got a mask and snorkel in there,” I replied.  Admittedly, I was pleased by the complement. Packing light was a skill I’d been cultivating for years.  […]

Tools of the Trade

Never leave home without them!

As travelers and bloggers, there are tools of the trade we can’t do without. Those I normally travel with are: iPad – for that quick post or immediate social network connection. Just recently bought a logitech keyboard/hardcase for it and it functions pretty much like a netbook, allowing me to use all my Apple keyboard […]

I Hate Shopping for Gear

Gear.  Photo by Richard Masoner.

Easy to pack, light-weight, but warm- I really like the silk long johns from Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI).  They have high quality products and an unbeatable, sometimes unbelievable, return policy.  But when I checked the shelf at the store in Hillsboro there were only small and medium sizes available.   Empty space on the rack indicated […]