Every guy needs a good hat. Personally, I’ve been a Tilley Hat loyalist since my years as a boy scout in the early 90s, but it was only in the last couple years that I expanded my collection beyond the single version of this Canadian outerwear icon that I’d bought way back when. And this year I added to that collection with an order of a simple black bucket hat that arrived in a nondescript cardboard box through my mail over the summer. What object will forever remind you of 2021? As with my new one, my previous Tilley hats have all been bought with purpose. I own a great brimmed hemp hat that I purchased a few years ago…

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At the risk of writing a (slightly) political article alluding to some opinions about supply chains and the state of the modern world, I wanted to share what (finally) arrived on my doorstep yesterday. A box. In fact, it was a large box, and a box I’d ordered … in June. In June, we were undergoing record heat, the days were long, and ahead of us were all sorts of free summer weekends filled with plans and potential for getaways to the mountains or nearby lakes or anywhere our pandemic lockdown selves could reach in a car without crossing borders. We optimistically ordered an inflatable kayak. And not just any old blow-up boat. We did some research, trialed some rentals,…

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Our adventuresome summer is nearing an end as the last day of August brings that calendar page flip into sharp focus. The final third of the year is upon us once again, a time when the days turn shorter and crispier. And as hoped my writing and posting reprieve has given me a healthy backlog of blogging fodder which I’ll be dishing out over the next month or so. Case in point: for us it took an unexpected turn into the summer of inflatable adventures. Early summer, we bought two inflatable kayaks. Mid-summer, we received just one. Therein is a whole other story about the modern state of the supply chain and the demand for recreational equipment these days which…

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As the summer runs get longer (and hotter) I’ve picked up a new bit of gear to assist with the ever-present runner’s dilemma: hydration. I don’t think I need to write too many words on the subject of why water is important to … um … being alive, but certainly the effort of carrying enough fresh water (or other fluids that both fuel and hydrate) on a long distance run is a complex challenge for anyone who is out there on the trails. Water, of course, is heavy and clumsy. A bottle in the hand is something that needs to be carried, balanced, and on the trails two free hands are more useful than one might realize. On a short…

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