So the few weeks leading up to my departure were filled with lots of exciting things. One of those things, unfortunately, was not that exciting; shopping. I hate it; 1) I do not like parting with my money, 2) stores are stuffy and they are filled with too many things, 3) I always feel like I want everything and nothing at the same time. It’s kind of stressful. For many others, I know this situation would allow them to ‘shop to their hearts content’, but I don’t feel that way – no ‘content of the heart’ what-so-ever.
But as I’ve quoted before, ‘if you want to get the job done right, you need to have the right tools’. So I took to the outdoor equipment stores and loaded up. My credit card was melting and my frugal nature was fighting back causing my brain to swell.
Judging by the excessive fieldwork preparation I’ve committed to, I don’t think life is going to be too different off the grid; portable coffee maker -check, carrying around a backpack all day-check check. Plus, I don’t live a very tech filled life (at least at home); no internet, no cable. When my brother found out about this he was astonished, asking me, “What are you, a Peasant?!”.
Despite the painful shopping ventures, I’m happy with the pile of gear I’ve accumulated in my dining room. Hopefully, after purchasing some good quality stuff, it will last more than this field season. Essentially, I’m elated thinking that 90% of the shopping is done for the next four years. THAT would be spectacular.