Guest Blogger: Amanda Swartzbaugh

Ahh, the tease of warm weather in late Winter and early Spring! When you get that sweet taste of what Mother Nature is about to unfold. What do you do when gifted a warm day in midst of (typically) the coldest time of year? Well, if you’re a vitamin-d-loving-eager-beaver-adventurer like me, you throw on your hiking boots, grab your backpack and a Mini Tarpestry and head to the mountains. Full disclosure, I am fortunate to live in Colorado where The Rockies are my playground and I try to take advantage of that as much as I possibly can.

I recently got to enjoy one of these sunshiny days and it’s still true – there is nothing that makes me happier than being outside. And, as much as I love the Classic Tarpestry for practically anything I do outside, I have to brag on the Mini for a minute because it is quickly becoming my new go-to.

Here’s the deal – if you really want to spend your day enjoying the great outdoors, you don’t want to haul around a lot of extra weight or gear. Trust me, after just a couple of hours of “moderate” Colorado hiking you realize the lighter your pack can be, the better. However, there are some items that I consider essentials. A Tarpestry is always at the top of my list. I mean, isn’t part of the reward of hiking up a mountain to be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the view from the top?! This also includes all the stops along the way that unfailingly entice me to just stop, take a breather, and soak it all in. For those of you who do this, even occasionally, you know the frustration of wanting to sit down but only see mud everywhere and not want to go full “survivor” and roll around in it. Even for the most hard-core, being wet and muddy isn’t an ideal way to travel on foot. Plus, you eventually have to get back in your car, and who wants to deal with having to vacuum mud-crumbs out of your seats? No thanks.

Enter the Mini Tarpestry – a lifebutt-saver. This guy packs the punch you need for that squishy damp ground. Big enough to fit you and a friend (maybe even two friends if y’all really like each other) and it only weighs 1 pound! You can hardly even tell that it’s in your backpack and it folds up to a pretty small size so it won’t take up too much space either. It’s easy to take out and pack up quickly, if time is of the essence. It includes the features of grommets, UV protection, and of course water-repellency. Oh, and in case you hadn’t noticed, all Mini Tarpestrys are the “Rugged” style. That means they are water repellent on both sides, which is excellent news for any of you kids (including 21 and over) out there who may regularly experience drinking challenges, or what I might call “hole in mouth disease”. If you have a furry friend, and you’re near water, the Mini is great for when your best friend shows their love by shaking their wet fur as close to you as possible. You might get wet, but the water will just roll right off the Tarpestry – genius! I also love to use my Mini Tarpestry as a boot changing station for before and after my hikes. It is a perfectly sized ground covering for boot and sock changes so you can keep your feet clean and dry.

All in all, I just love this thing. I use it year round, but I especially love it this time of year. I so often find myself sitting quietly on my Tarpestry next to a creek, or under a budding aspen, feeling thankful for the opportunity to be able to do so. Staying dry while I do this makes the entire experience a thousand times more enjoyable. If you’re on the fence about a Mini, trust me, you will not be disappointed with your investment. It’s light, small enough to fit neatly in your pack, and big enough to share with your hiking buddy. Now, the hardest decision of them all – which design to pick?!

Happy Spring, y’all! I hope you’re able to get out and enjoy the longer, brighter days! Keep smilin’ and shinin’!
xoxo, Amanda

P.S. I love to share good stuff with good people, so I want to be sure you all know that if you are tight on funds (who isn’t these days?!?!), Tarpestry wants to hook you up! The fine folks at Tarpestry do a Mini giveaway at the beginning of every month! Like them on Facebook to be the first to hear about the monthly giveaways and for information on how to enter! Kisses!