Friday, October 31, 2014
The date of departure was fast approaching and waiting for the items to become available through mail order was not a viable option. My best option at this point was to visit a Cabela's store that was about 3 hours from my house. They had the tent in stock that was on my list of recommended items and all kinds of other goodies worth considering that would make sleeping more pleasant, and therefore the entire trip more enjoyable. There would be a considerable amount of in store research to do and with 6 hours driving time wouldn't leave much time to do so as I seem to over think and over analyze things. My wife had a wonderful suggestion, spend the night near the store which would increase my research time. After pondering this option and talking it over with my brother we decided it would be a fun opportunity to see what kind of gear they had first hand, and spend some time together. So we booked a room at a hotel near the store and waited to set off until after work Friday night.
Friday, June 22, 2012
My friend's potential mission station was a 3-5 day journey from the nearest airport, not from the mileage but from the lack of roads. So he gave me a list of recommended items for spending the nights in, including tent, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag. He pointed me in a general direction stating the mission agency liked products from Ranger Joe's, Brigade Quartermasters, U.S. Cavalry, Campmor and Cabela's. Any items from military catalog's containing or displaying military endorsements needed to be modified to make the customs experience a little more user friendly. The military stores had gear that was light weight and quick to set up, but the items I tried to order where out of stock so my research continued as I looked for alternate options.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
It all started in 2003, my wife and I said goodbye to some friends that were going to North Carolina to train and outfit to become missionaries in Africa. I was asked if I'd be willing to act as a mule for them and bring items not available in Africa and assist with projects while there. How could I say no to an opportunity to see Africa first hand and help out a friend? So the research for shelter began.