Archives for November 2015
|RALLT Hammock Straps $13.99|
First, I have to comment on the price of the RALLT Hammock Straps.We paid $10 more for our last pair of straps than the cost of the Rallt straps. The Rallt straps are much better than our other pair. The quality on the RALLT straps are surprisingly awesome for the price. I’m feeling bad I didn’t find them sooner.
The price isn’t even our favorite thing about the straps. What my husband and son both commented on and the first thing I noticed was how the loops go all of the way down the strap. This makes them super easy to use. No need to fiddle with adjustments. All we have to do is wrap the straps around a tree, put them through one of the loops and use our carabiner to hook into one of the other loops. Super easy yet durable too. The straps easily held our weight. None of us weigh over 150 pounds so I’m not sure how they would do with more weight but it looks like they would handle it well. The product description does say that the straps have a 500 pound capacity.
The carry bag included with the straps make it easy to pack the straps in our backpack. They weigh under a pound so they’re a good option for a multi-day backpacking trip for those thinking of foregoing a tent.
I’m sure our hammock straps will get plenty of use and I feel great about recommending them to my readers with a five star rating.
Back to why REI’s campaign is brilliant. We need outdoor gear to have fun outside and the first place I thought about to purchase the gear was REI. Why not support a retailer who reminds of what is important right?
|Kahtoola Microspikes at REI|
One of the things my family loves is hiking outdoors. I’m the only one who has a pair of Kahtoola Microspikes and they get borrowed a lot. At least two people in the family have them on their shopping list so of course I bought one pair at REI already. I didn’t want to wait until after Thanksgiving as we might need them to #Optoutside if we decide to hike instead of ski.
Honestly, in the long run I don’t really care if the #OptOutside campaign is a marketing ploy that worked on me. What I care about is that my family is looking at options of what we can do on Black Friday to enjoy the outdoors with each other. Whether it be snowshoeing, skiing or sledding, we’ll be outside somewhere enjoying the snow.
One of the things I love about state parks is that they’re not usually as busy as the national parks nor as high an entrance fee. However, that doesn’t mean they’re not just as beautiful. I always find some hidden treasure inside the state parks that I didn’t know about. Such is the case with Kodachrome Basin State Park near the town of Cannondale, Utah. This state park is actually within the boundaries of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument but was designated a state park before the designation of the Grand Staircase.
The park boasts a total of 67 monolithic stone spires known called sedimentary pipes. Several short hikes within the park give fabulous views of these spires.
One of most popular and easiest hiking trails is the 1.5 mile Angel’s palace loop. The trail is rated easy to moderately strenuous. I hiked it with my husband and teenage son and found it to be easy enough even younger children could handle it. The trail starts across the street from the parking lot and is marked with a sign at the trailhead. After passing over a footbridge, the trail is well worn and hard to miss.
The trail goes through a small canyon type landscape with a 150 elevation change. Very little shade exists on the trail and gets hot during the summer months making it better to visit in spring or fall. As the elevation changes, so do the views which get more scenic with the mountains and badlands.The path may have some loose rocks along the way but for the most part, the footing is good and can easily be hiked in regular athletic shoes or even hiking sandals. Once at the top of the climb, hoodoo formations can be seen in the background as well as two toned mountain formations. There is even a ledge to walk out on with a drop off to walk out on.