Hello!  So excited to read that REI started this platform.  What a great opportunity to connect over similar interests.

I'm fulfilling a 20 year old dream and traveling around the US - camping and hiking and exploring as I go.  I packed up my Subaru Outback nearly 2 months ago.  I was quickly reminded that I was a novice when it comes to Mother Nature, but we are getting along well as long as I remain very flexible...and the REI staff continue to help with my surprises.