Hey, Vegan Nation, The Stylish One has been away for a while traveling. Firstly, a week long business venture then off to a vacation with MSV to the Great PNW! More precisely, the Olympic Peninsula. Not much of an outdoorsy sort of lad, (you can seriously muck up some wardrobe) TSV took a deep breath and dove right in.
How can you not want to venture into the wilderness when it looks like this?, I asked myself – really.
See what I mean? And it’s all in TSV’s backyard!
But let’s back up a bit, there was some prep involved before embarking upon a vegan journey into the remote backwoods of Washington. What would I wear? What would I eat? Why were there warnings that giant elk may be on the attack? Would TSV make it out alive?
Ok, VegHeads, since that last question still sends shivers up my spine, let’s talk gear. You need some serious elemental protection out there. Protection that TSV does not possess. Sure I have my stylish Marmot rain jacket but that’s where it abruptly stops. No hiking boots, no rain resistance paints, no expensive form-fitting jackets that say North Face on the front. No nothing.
But The Stylish Vegan didn’t let those little wardrobe issues stand in my way. So for me, it was the Saucony multi-purpose athletic shoes, BR jeans and various “rugged” sweaters. And, thanks to the Vegan Gods, the weather was insanely gorgeous so none of this really was an issue. Man, but it sure could have been. Had a storm blown in, your Stylish Dandy would have been a soaking, soggy, muddy mess. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am that that scenario didn’t play out.
Oh, and I forgot. See up in the title where it says, “sort of”? Ok, so we stayed in a lodge. Nothing fancy; very remote. Technically, not camping per se, but for The Stylish Vegan this was a major step in the evolution of my future stylish outdoorsman persona. Some may call it whimpy, TSV calls it heroic!
Really, now that my citiness has had a tasted of this fabulousness, I’m going to get serious about gear. And no better place to start than hiking boots. Here’s one from Garmont that seems to fit the bill:
It’s even billed as the Kiowa Vegan XCR. How can TSV go wrong? Here’s what else they say, “THE FINAL WORD: Best for anyone who wants a leather-free hiking shoe that can comfortably schlep anything up to a weekend load. ” The Stylish Vegan says “sign me up, baby!”
Alright, so there we have it, TSV’s first step into serious outdoorsiness. Who knows, this could lead to me actually sleeping in a tent, cooking outside on the fire, relieving myself in the woods – what?! Whoa, wait a second, let’s take this in really, really tiny baby steps.