...Now you are on the hook for that one.
I took a drive to Dick's Sporting Goods during a lull in work. Asked about waders and a kid said, "good luck. There aren't very many left on the shelves."
Sure enough there were four total, none of them my size. I did find one pair I can tolerate, specially if I wear a pair of surf shoes inside them. I open the box and they looked used. Dirty soles and a small rock lodged in the treads. I called the kid over and asked if there was any discount on open box items. He said, "not usually." I pointed out the soles of this thing and you can see his face go flush. He called his manager, explained the issue and gave me a huge discount. I got a $60 set of booted waders for $25 (no returns). SOLD!
I don't plan on getting a lot of use so I wasn't looking for anything expensive, but who knows. If I find myself getting more and more into the water then I'll consider a better pair. For now, $25 is unbelievably great.
Ceropegia wrote:I vote for #1 and 2, but like them all. Mushrooms are very ephemeral and only at their peak for about a day or so. Go soon after a rain, when they seem to pop up overnight. As for waders, a word of caution, don't step in a hole. If water starts pouring in, they will try to suck you under. Been there, done that, a little scary, and needed help getting myself upright. Slogging back to shore with waders full of water was an experience in itself. Also, if the bottom is mucky, easy to get stuck. My advice, if the water isn't too cold, and especially if the day is hot, just hop in without them - although a good pair of wading shoes might be in order to protect against sharp objects.
Thanks for the warning about water issue with waders. That makes sense. Hopefully I won't run into any issues but if I do, I hope someone is there to capture the moment
so we can all laugh about it.
As for going in sans-waders... I hate the cold so having that bit of protection is right up my alley. Even in warm weather, here in Connecticut, streams and ponds are still rather cold for me. Maybe if I were younger... (egads, who thought I'd ever be uttering those