Author: nateyarbrough

REI Garage Sale

REI Garage Sale What is the REI Garage Sale? The REI Garage Sale is a sale that REI does about 3-4 times per year where they have a mass selling of all of their gear that is slightly used, returned, demo’d, or is last year’s model.   This means there is a huge opportunity for savings. When is the REI Garage Sale? It happens several times per year.  My best recommendation is to go to the REI website and sign up to receive events and happenings to your local REI.  There is usually one at the start of each new ‘season’ (beginning of ski season, end of ski season, beginning of summer, and end of summer). How does the REI Garage Sale work? Okay, this is very important…  I’m going to lay out how the REI garage sale works at the Denver REI.  This is one of the biggest REI’s in the nation and it is simply too big and too popular for it to just be a free for all.  The last few I have been to have left a few people disappointed because they didn’t receive the correct instructions.  Here is how the REI Garage sale works for REI Denver. Show up by 7:00am.  You don’t need to be crazy early.  A few minutes before 7:00 is fine. Stand in line.  An REI employee will come down...

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Shopping for our first RV

Shopping for our first RV Nate and I are some of the most decisive people when it comes to buying things and making decisions, sometimes even to a fault.  We bought our house in Arvada after seeing just 4 houses; the townhouse in Aurora we saw just 3 others.  I even purchased an investment property in Oklahoma City without Nate ever even seeing it.  When we know it, we know it!  However, it has not been quite so simple in purchasing a motorhome. Admittedly, at this point we have looked at less than 10 RVs (at least that were even...

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Nate and Steph – Adventure in a BackPack

Moving Forward. Ever since we moved to the Denver metro area, we have been asking ourselves “How can we move up into the mountains?”.  We thought about it, and strategized about it.  Finally, during this last month, we figured out that if we were going to do it, we needed to jump into the proverbial cold water instead of easing into it.  Now, we ARE indeed moving to the mountains, but there is more to it than that. We are basically selling everything we own and are moving into an RV so we can travel North America for the...

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MSR Dragonfly Stove Gear Review

MSR Dragonfly Stove Gear Review   We have had the MSR Dragonfly for a little over a year now.  We have taken it on roughly 20 nights worth of trips.  Let’s jump into it.  It weighs in right at 3/4 of a pound without the bottle and folds and packs up pretty nicely.  I comes with its own stuff sack and cleaning utensils but we usually leave those at home to save weight.  We have it coupled up with a 20 oz bottle which is honestly overkill for anything under 4 days.  It uses fuel very efficiently. We have...

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