We’re Awesome at Camping

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1000 times…REI is THA BOMB. (That’s right, I wrote it ’90’s style because that’s how serious I am about this shiz.)

So you already heard about my shopping trip to buy goodies for our big beach camp-out in Malibu Carpinteria (it’s hard to get a camp site this time of year in broke-ass Cali!) And guess what? Now you’re going to have to hear about that camp-out, and how freaking awesome it was, and how freaking grateful I am to REI to encouraging me to get out there and enjoy all that LA has to offer this summer…because this is one hell of a city if you rock it right. We’ve got mountains, and oceans, and forests, and valleys (can I get a woot woot?! No? Jerks.) and thanks to REI Scott and I are that much more dedicated to making sure that Delilah, the pups, and us get to enjoy them all.

We dragged Jodi & Neal as well as Sara, Sean, and the boys along with us, and had an awesome night cooking out and sleeping under the stars of Santa Barbara (the actual celestial bodies…and also the celebrities who’s mansions looked down from above) with our kiddos…our first real trip as families with some of my college besties. Memories were made.

So…what did I spend my REI wad on? A family cabana, because it makes not only for a great camp-out (or day trip) accessory on the beach (we also brought our eight-man-tent) but a great chill-out accessory in our own backyard. This summer, we got serious about bringing the outside in, and we made out tiny backyard a giant playroom for miss Delilah George. Thanks to REI, we may never go inside again.

I also splurged a little and snagged myself a Joby rugged with ball head. Ryan and Rachel (my internet photo gurus) insisted that I get myself a proper tripod and keep it on me at all times, so when I saw the Joby in stock at REI I had to have it. Scott and I are both avid photo-hobbyists, and with our own little model du jour (that’s Delilah, I’m trying to be fancy) we can’t stop snapping. The Joby killed it in our beach environment (as did the protective electronics bag I grabbed) and continues to capture family moments from all angles…in focus. Amazing. (Photos on this page obviously courtesy of Sara, while I’ve still got her.)

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