From last Sunday through Wednesday, I was in Seattle for a conference. The conference was at the Washington State Convention Center, and I was staying a hotel three blocks away, all uphill. I had no idea, before that conference, just how hilly Seattle really is.
I mean, sure, I got an idea when I had my brief visit last summer after the coast backpacking trip, but staying there for four days drove the point home, directly into my calves and feet.
And I had a mission on that trip. I wanted to get myself to that lovely flagship REI store and find myself some boots that would work. My boots from Cabella’s that I wore last year fit, but they didn’t protect my feet from the rocks on the coast trip. Previous boots from the Boise REI had protected my feet well but squeezed my toes so much that I still have issues with my right foot’s toes.
And so, I did a speed walk after my last session on Monday night, from the convention center to REI. And there, with the help of a very nice salesman, I found my boots.