Gear Review: Salomon Hydro Handset

Everything’s amazing… except the price

I won a Salomon Hydro Handset as part of a Cumberland Transit pint night raffle earlier this spring, and I’ve been using it when I trail run.

I normally don’t carry any water when I trail run, though I’ll carry my 2012-model Camelbak Helena if I’m doing 10+ mile day hikes. I find carrying things in my hands far too annoying.  Continue reading “Gear Review: Salomon Hydro Handset”

Trail Review: Radnor Lake trails (#5)

Perfect for a quick family hike!

Radnor Lake State Park is only 8 miles from downtown Nashville, but the sites and sounds of the city are completely hidden from this area. Located in the affluent Oak Hill neighborhood, this park is one of the best maintained in middle Tennessee. It’s also one of the best places to see wildlife. I’ve routinely seen deer, turkey, and even bald eagles.  Continue reading “Trail Review: Radnor Lake trails (#5)”

(Water) Trail Review: the Narrows of the Harpeth River

Perfect for a beginner (or lazy) water lover!

Today was my first time inner tubing the Narrows of the Harpeth, but I’ve kayaked it before. Other than the speed at which I moved, there was little difference between the tubing and kayaking experiences.

The Narrows of the Harpeth is part of the Harpeth River State Park. If you put-in/take-out at the standard spots, it’s a 5.5-mile float (or paddle) down a Class 1 river.   Continue reading “(Water) Trail Review: the Narrows of the Harpeth River”

Gear Review: Intex Inner Tube

Intex River Run Connect Lounge, Inflatable Water Float, 51″ X 49.5″

My friend invited a handful of people to join her for a day of tubing on a nearby river for her birthday, which is a brilliant celebration idea. I had never gone tubing with a group of people, and didn’t own an inner tube. My friend recommended the Intex River Run Connect Float, and everyone bought it. I don’t have anything to compare it to in my experience, so take this review with a large grain of salt.  Continue reading “Gear Review: Intex Inner Tube”

Finance List: El Camino de Santiago costs

It’s all about the money, honey…

Here’s a breakdown of my expenses for el Camino.

A few notes:

  • I had most of this gear before the trail.
  • I only pay retail about half of the time; the rest I find on sale, at REI yard sales, thrift stores, other outfitters, Amazon, etc.
  • There are obviously ways to hike el Camino for less, and for more. Cook your own food or eat out. Indulge in alcohol or not. Stay in an albergue or a hotel. Hike your own hike.

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