I was about three hundred miles outside of Denver, near Salida, when I realized that I hadn't packed any pants on a 3 night camping trip to Mesa Verde and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Parks.
Four pairs of shoes? Check...
I was able to get by on the Yoga pants I was wearing for the first day but when the temperature dropped to below freezing at night (It gets cold at elevation!) and chilly during the day I knew I had to go buy a pair of pants.
The only clothing store for miles and miles around that we were able to find was the local feed store in Cortez, Colorado.
And surprisingly, their selection of clothing was pretty much the most amazing thing I've ever seen. There were brands and cuts I've never seen before in the stores I regularly shop at, styles and functionality I've never considered before in a purchase, and a whole slew of denim products that were sized with inseams that were two inches too long to accommodate a seated horseback riding position.
Also, everything was on super-sale so JR bought a cowboy hat (invaluable for hiking, I've discovered! When I get some cash I'll be buying one of my own!), a shirt for each of us, a belt for him, and a pair of boots for me.
I can also tell you for certain that the jeans I ended up buying are made of the thickest, roughest denim I have ever owned. JR works very, very hard and is very hard on his clothes - after a trip there we decided that's probably the type of place to buy his clothes from now on because those pieces are built to last!
The trip itself was pretty phenomenal - I'll post the trip photos in a blog post in the next day or two.
Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Shirt: Ariat Annalise
Jeans: Wrangler Cash Cowgirl Cut
Boots: Ariat Quickdraw