Not that long ago, I was lamenting the fact that my pair of ancient Timberland boots that I have been wearing on adventures for more than a decade were nearing the end of their natural life span. I must have been soothsaying when I wrote that, because only a few weeks later, I am saddened to report that said pair of boots has finally made good on its long-standing threat to allow the leather near the zippers to rip completely off in my hand - on both sides no less.
While I was sad to say goodbye to my trusty Timberland boots that have seen me through many a trip and adventure (even sailing trips and horseback riding!), I quickly realized that I had an excuse to start looking for the replacements. An actual excuse, not a b.s. excuse like I usually use when I want to go shopping.