Living in Seattle, I quickly learned to embrace the outdoor culture, despite originally not being that outdoorsy. Now, every chance I get, you’ll find me joining other Seattleites to go kayaking or paddle boarding on one of the city’s lakes, or hiking or trail running just an hour or two from the city. I even learned to ski last winter at my advanced age! To a true Seattleite, no summer is complete without at least one weekend of backpacking or camping, or, for the more daunting, mountaineering.
But all that activity takes some gear, and you can find everything you need for any outdoor activity you can think of in one incredible place: the coop-store “Recreational Equipment, Inc.”, or REI.
Even if you don’t plan to go on any outdoor adventure, the store itself is an attraction: the most amazing and beautiful store I have ever seen. Already from the outside you sense that you have arrived at an out-of-the-ordinary place: built like a two-story wooden cabin, with an indoor climbing wall, a little waterfall, and a trail to try out mountain bikes (!) to greet you, enter by pulling the ice-ax handles of the huge wooden doors, and you find yourself in outdoor Nirvana with great apparel, bikes, kayaks, gear for mountaineering/skiing/hiking/camping … you’ll have to see for yourself. Check out their classes and talks on anything outdoors like snowshoe and mountaineering instruction, many free or for a small charge. There is no place like it.
Let’s go outside!