Do I Need A Floating Camera Strap?

Derek Travel Gear 25 Comments

Photo credit: Joe Mabel Have you been to an REI store lately? (For those who might not be familiar with REI, it is a large chain of outdoor recreation/sporting goods stores located throughout the US.) Well, I went yesterday for the first time in about three years and I must say that I enjoyed myself thoroughly. The store was filled …

Beware of the Vienna Airport

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Just a couple of short months ago I found myself flying from New Delhi, India to Rome, Italy. Naturally, this was not a direct flight. Well, I was perfectly happy to spend 10 hours in an airplane, watching such fine films as Kung Fu Panda, Role Models and the Secret Life of Bees. And then I could stretch my legs …

A Toast to My Kelty Redwing 2900 Backpack

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Back in late November of 1999 I purchased a backpack without giving it much thought. I was about to leave for Southeast Asia and I needed a backpack. I walked into an REI store in Boston, wandered up to the grand wall of backpacks, unhooked the first one that caught my attention and tried it on. Moments later I walked …