|Osprey Aether 85|
|My La Sportiva Boots|
|Sancta Catherina, ora pro nobis!|
Unfortunately, during the school day I realized I'd made a critical error: I'd left my book at REI at the cash register the previous day. I called to see if they'd saved it for me, and they had. I thought that I might drive there after school to pick it up, but then I thought, "Well, I'm in my hiking boots; what better way to begin breaking them in than by walking all the way to REI to collect my book." I mapped it out at a 6.5 mile hike (one way), a little over two hours at a decent walking speed.
|St. Ambrose Catholic Church|
On the way home, I decided to eat at a restaurant called 'Shivers.' It's a burger and shake place. I went in and felt very much like I was on one of my Small Town Adventures, which I one day hope to blog about here. I asked my new one-time-only-restaurant-question of the server, "Let's suppose I am a traveler and this will be the only time I will be able to come to this restaurant. What is 'the thing to get'? If you could only eat here one time, what would be the thing you would have to order?" It's a great question to ask because you quickly find out what food they're famous for or what food they make
|So delicious it gave me the Shivers|
I didn't leave Shivers until 8:15 or 8:30, and the sun had only just set. I talked to my dad about the various backpacks for a good while and a couple of other people on the phone, which made the journey seem much faster. As I continued, I realized about an hour later that I was actually in my friend Peter's neighborhood. I decided to stop by (after calling and checking with him first), and spent some time talking to him and his wife Katie. After learning I'd walked, Katie insisted that I not walk the rest of the way home so late, and I, having not taken any 'Bellocian' vow to 'take advantage of no wheeled thing,' decided to let Peter drive me home. Weary from my journey, I fell asleep quickly.
What a pleasant afternoon it was. My boots held out well, and my feet were in decent shape in the end. The walk gave me a great opportunity to catch up with friends and family and to enjoy the city of which, even after three years, I have seen so little. But at least now my hoofprints have been left in a few more places.