Gear I Hold Dear

April 29, 2020

Gear I Hold Dear: My Handsewn Puffy

Kay's puffy red jacket

When I run my hands over my red jacket—now quite grubby around the seams—a memory of my mother pops into my head. It’s the early 1970s, I’m 12 years old and my mom, Roslyn, has gotten three sew-them-yourself kits from REI, including this red puffy for me. She’s pushing the feathers out of plastic bags and into the jacket’s […]

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April 29, 2020

Gear I Hold Dear: My First Pack

Two young children on a backpacking trip

We had just made it to our camp above Crater Lake when large, wet snowflakes started falling from the sky. My 8-year-old twin sister and I were on our very first backpacking trip, 3 miles from the trailhead, and we didn’t have long to gape at the impossibly blue, impossibly deep waters of the lake before our dad […]

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April 29, 2020

Gear I Hold Dear: The Teva Ember Moc

Teva Ember Moc

Your days probably look quite a bit different right now. Mine certainly do. I’m showering on my lunch break, writing stories from the backyard, baking bread between phone calls and spending my weekends underneath my car methodically sniffing out all the small noises that I’ve been putting off silencing. I’m not even wearing real pants […]

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