I’m Not Giving These the Boot

I took an education class a couple spring semesters ago.  Unfortunately, I don’t particularly remember the class or the coursework but I remember the shoes of the girl I sat next to.  Like most women would.

She donned a pair of outdoor boots that seemed to be a hybrid of hiking boots and waders.  The best part about her outfit was she sported these with pearls on her earlobes.

I don’t consider myself to be particularly “girly” but that may well be because I fear my outdoor comrades, male counterparts and feminists of the world would be disappointed in my weakness for shoes.  I do; however, admire any woman that can combine rugged, outdoor gear with feminine style.  As a matter of fact, my original idea for Woman, Water, Wild was to portray myself as a pink bow-wearing, girly-girl pursuing outdoor water activities I am unfamiliar with.

But because this is an outdoor blog, I will contribute this article to this particular pair.

I ordered a pair of Redhead brand Pac boots.  And yes, I chose this brand for the irony of the fact that I’m a redhead as you can see in my About Me

redhead brand, brands of the world

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section.  I recently read that a “Pac boot” can be described as a boot containing a removable inner lining that is helpful in the winter time when the cold can dampen even the best, most insulated pair of shoes.

So far, I have worn them on a more rainy day because the idea of wearing boots before it is cold enough to do makes my feet sweat even when they’re bare.  I would recommend these boots as a winter time rain boot because of the waterproof nature of the product in addition to the fuzzy (and, yes, plaid!) interior of the boots.

They are a little bit chunky but lighter than you would expect, making them a comfortable boot for all day wear.  Comfortable enough that the outdoorsy woman could wear them camping in the Apalachicola National Forest or hiking down in Gainesville’s Devil’s Millhopper.

I do have a minor complaint about the fact that these babies do not come in half sizes (which I never understand because I know plenty of people who are between sizes).

On various reviews that I read, the customers complained that these boots are slippery and don’t keep feet as warm as expected but did succeed at keeping feet dry.  As a clumsy, baby giraffe-like individual, I disagree with the slippery part of their assessments because I have yet to bust my butt!

As a Florida customer, these complaints are invalid for me and only add to my previous article, 20 Reasons I HATE the Cold.

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Panasonic Lumix Wins My Heart in the Underwater Camera Category!

If you’re anything like me, your technology takes a beating.  I drop my phone on a daily basis.  I have submerged an iTouch in a dorm toilet.  My last few cameras have been ruined due to getting beach sand in the lens.

Panasonic Lumix

So when the time came to purchase a new, waterproof camera, I knew it would be important to choose a sturdy model that could roll with my clumsy lifestyle.

I first went on Best Buy’s website and scrolled up and down the page with all the waterproof cameras.  Being the lady that I am, I was attracted to all the magentas and the blues and the gem-tones but quickly shock my head and went to investigate the most important factor to someone on a college budget: cost.

reef scene

On attempt two, I visited a good friend of mine… Amazon.  I quickly scrolled past the $300s and the $400s… For what I plan to do with the camera, take pictures of my shenanigans aboard kayaks and under waterfalls, a higher priced camera wouldn’t be a sound investment.

The camera I settled for is the Panasonic Lumix.  This baby is usable at underwater depths up to 40 feet, durable, easy-to-use, and fits in your back pocket.  The Lumix not only has a cool name but take crystal clear pictures that can’t be beat for the $250 price at which I bought it on Amazon.com.

flounder

I knew upon using it in the Keys to capture the beautiful reef life that I had made the right decision.  The camera comes equipped with a bright yellow floating handle.  If you drop it, it won’t become a part of the Little Mermaid’s collection.

Although my version doesn’t come with a fully-functioning GPS system, it does have a 12 megapixel sensor.  It also takes a 3968 X 2976 image and records short videos in case I ever find myself in a cage in a shark tank.

squids

And the best part?  Mine is a pretty blue!

A Sperry Popular Shoe: Practical or Fashionable?

DSCN0090Lately, while indulging in my roommate’s latest edition of Cosmo like any woman will do if left to her devices, I have been noticing a trend in leopard print, sparkly, diamond-studded Sperries.  For those of you that don’t know, Sperry Topsider is the leading brand of a type of shoe known as the “boat shoe,” a leather and rubber-soled stink pit for your foot. Continue reading