Saturday, April 2, 2016

I Found Another Treasure to Part With

      From time to time the Micro Manager and I talk about what's next to be included in the marathon of downsizing.

     The other day the poor old backpack bit the dust. I haven't used the backpack for 15  years and I'm never going to use it again. So easy decision. Somebody else might as well make use of it. The backpack was a good quality and large...90 liters! We carried food, clothing, cooking equipment, sleeping bag and a tent. We usually shared all equipment. It made sense to divide the tent up as well as food and cooking equipment. This bag had a large capacity and it got heavy. In my previous post, I'm leading the scouts and you see my nice red and blue backpack in action.

     So a couple of pictures for Kijiji and I'm in business.

     Now in posing for a photo I made a couple of discoveries. Either I lent the bag to some skinny guy or my pot has enlarged. Now I'm absolutely sure I didn't lend the bag to anybody. I also discovered I'm a little stiff in the shoulders as it was tough to get the backpack on. 

    So as well as getting rid of a treasure I discovered that I've changed a bit or maybe quite a bit.





42 comments:

  1. Yes, I understand all that. I've still got my backpack somewhere stored away and haven't used it in twenty years. I should also get rid of it! I've changed too, and I'm pretty sure I'm done with backpacking. :-)

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    1. Changes come so gradually that we don't notice. For aging, we lose height but seem to keep the same weight.

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  2. Oh my, I haven't worn such a backpack for decades. I did a rip to New Zealand and Australia once using my back pack as a suitcase. Only once was enough to tell me carrying a heavy load was not for me. But come to think of it, I'm not sure if I've got that backpack in storage or if I got rid of it.

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    1. I certainly looked at the suitcase backpacks but since we had large loads I took this one.

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  3. Since I was never a backpacker, I don't have one to measure how much I've changed. Good thing.:-)

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    1. It's hard to think that I used to pick that thing up with 50 pounds in it

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  4. Wow! That's rather a huge backpack. Maybe it shrunk though. I know for a fact that several of my pants have. Don't talk to Art though since he apparently doesn't believe me.

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    1. I think I have a few pairs of pants that have shrunk badly. they seem to do that when they hang in the closet for a long time!!!

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  5. Must be confrontational not to fit in your backpack anymore and to have it leave the house....

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    1. I can part with things as I don't have emotional attachment to them.

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  6. We are went through a lot of stuff for downsizing, and we always find more. Hope that someone else had lots of adventures with your backpack. I had to look up Kijiji and hope you ind a buyer. And it is amazing that we can see the changes in ourselves theough things we've owned.

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    1. Downsizing is never ending. We've lived in the same house since 1970. You have to move often and then you get rid of things.

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  7. I hope you found a good home for it, it looks like a nice one.I have a much smaller one now, but used to have a huge one I could pack a weeks worth in it.

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    1. This one carried a week's worth of stuff a time or two.

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  8. You're so fun!
    I have to begin this, as well. I have bowling shoes I haven't used since the 80s. Seriously. My ball glove, 2001.
    I still use my back packs, canoeing, and snowshoeing.
    Wise project, my friend!

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    1. I got rid of my dear old ball glove about 5 years ago. I tried throwing and the ball sort of fell to the ground!!!

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  9. You should take that backpack and make a bug out bag with it. One never knows when a bug out bag is needed. We always have a bug out bag and check it occasionally to update products. Nice backpack by the way. There was a train derailment not so long ago and homes were evacuated.....there was a woods fire.....a mountain of smoke surrounding the valley - homes were evacuated. If a fireman came to your door and said you have to evacuate, would you be ready to just grab the bug out bag and go? I have only used my bug out bag twice, but boy, did it come in handy. Cheers

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    1. I took a while for me to figure out what a "bug out bag" was. What other expressions do you have that western Canadians would not know???

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  10. That looks like a nice backpack! Someone will get good use from it, I'm sure. Did you give it to charity or to someone specific?

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    1. I hope somebody can use it. the new back packs look completely different.

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  11. That looks like a great backpack. I'm sure someone will be happy to have it and put it to good use!

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    1. The bigger the bag, the more you carry with you.

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  12. Someone will enjoy using that treasure! That looks like a great hiking pack! I have a book backpack that I take on vacation, it holds lots of "stuff" :)

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    1. It's still a great bag. Now book bag. that makes a lot of sense.

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  13. That's a lot bigger than my day to day pack, but that's just for going to campus and around town, not for camping- trekking.

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    1. There are some really nice day packs these days.

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  14. I have one of those or similar. Have not used it in YEARS. I should pass it on to some younger friends that are outdoorsy.

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    1. I have gone through the place and made of list of what to move out of here.

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  15. I'd be happy if it fit at all, even if it was a bit snug.

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    1. Sometimes it's a losing battle.

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  16. Backpack looks great with good color. It is very big. I would be happy to have one like this...

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  17. Oh can I relate!And when do these changes come along. I've always had a waistline. Now, all of sudden, instead of denting in...I bulge out around the middle. Drives me crazy!

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  18. Someone will use it for many treks to come and be very grateful you decided to downsize.

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  19. That back pack looks real big.

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  20. For whatever reason, we seem to change shape with time...I've done some donating from my wardrobe recently as 'how did I fit in that?" seems to be the norm...

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  21. In all my years of tramping/hiking I never carried a backpack that large. Britain is a small country and its mountains are small too (Ben Nevis, the tallest, is only 1344m high) so all my walks were done in a day.

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  22. It's always hard to part with a treasured piece of gear!

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  23. I DID lend out the backpack that I carried all over Europe for three months and never got it back. I have always felt nostalgic for it, but maybe it wouldn't even fit now. I know I don't want to carry all those pounds on my shoulders again, that's for sure! At the time I did love having absolutely everything I needed in life in there. Great memories,and for you, too,I'm sure.

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  24. Nice backpack! Someone will appreciate that. I think my backpacking days are over too...

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  25. I know young guys who are training in the army campus's carry these only much more on it and they run up hills with those packs. Many times like 10 times. Color is green. Great memories Red.

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