So what do you do when you live half an hour from the beach and can’t stand the sun or sand? You get a beach tent that’s a snap to pop up. It’s actually a great way to pass out on the beach without turning into a sugar cookie. The front flap zippers up to total wind protection as well, so sometimes useful.
Gregory Zulu 65
I did my Colombia trek with the Zulu 40 and it worked perfectly. The pack is made to stay off your back so sweat doesn’t stick to you, which is great in the jungle. I noticed however that the upper compartment on an airplane can easily fit a 65L pack, and not even long-ways, so why go for smaller? Yes, smaller looks neater, but it’s easy enough to tighten the straps and you have the extra room when you have to carry things for other people… so I upgraded. It’s not my go-to summer pack, but I haven’t used it much yet because I broke my leg and well, Covid.
Merrel Chameleon 7 Stretch Low Hiking Shoes
Great in the dry season, wear them almost every day.
Colombia – Part II – Scuba Diving
The second part of my trip was spent Scuba diving. I spent four days in Taganga with Poseidon Dive Center. It was fantastic.
I did the following
- Deep diving to almost 40 meters
- Drift diving where you just drift with a current
- Night diving where I saw crabs fighting, giant colorful lobster, and fish sleeping in the water
- Regular diving where I saw fish of every color and tons of clams, moray eels, etc
The water was about 75 degrees which was perfect for me for skin diving. Every day I dove Nitrox so I never felt tired afterwards.
I also got my Advanced Open Water PADI certification, so that was nice.
Colombia – Part I
Went to Colombia in June. Spent a week in Cartagena. It’s hot, humid, dirty, and expensive. Parts are very nice, but way too many aggressive street vendors.
Cartagena is a classic tourist destination, I would skip it next time.
Gregory Zulu 40
Got this because of the four day Cuidad Perdido (Lost City) trek in Colombia. It will be hot and humid. I needed a pack that would keep the gear off my back. The mesh back does the job. I also needed a hip belt because of my shoulder surgery. This was on clearance, so it fit the bill.
It’s quite light by my standards and easily big enough for the trip.