I Love My Gear!
My Umbrella is a Rainy Day Room With a View
Yesterday, I walked on Cold Mountain, VA, in a cloud. Rain drizzled down and visibility was
about 20 feet. Yet, I was enjoying the walk, the view, and a visit to this magical place of beauty. As I walked, I realized that my umbrella played a big part in my ability to embrace this moment in comfort and joy.
When I first started backpacking, I thought that an umbrella would be about the dumbest thing I could bring. Wouldn’t it get caught in branches along the trail?, I thought. An umbrella is fragile and awkward! Umbrellas are for city streets, not trails! It’s just not right! An umbrella is bulky and hard to pack. My list of reasons to leave the umbrella at home was long.