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Kat & Gib R.

Hometown:

Waco, TX

Habitat:

Woolly Bear

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Tell us a little about yourself and why you own a TAXA?

Since the beginning of our relationship, adventure into nature has always been a top priority. Whether it is bicycling through our local parks, camping in Palo Duro Canyon, or hiking in the mountains, we love to be outside. We bought a Taxa Woolly Bear because it would be a helpful tool for us to explore further into our world! We can haul all of our gear and still go far off of the beaten path.

Where is your favorite place to take your TAXA? 

On its maiden voyage, we took our Woolly Bear to the Big Bend region of the United States. Being able to bring some of our creature comforts with us to the rugged and unforgiving landscapes of the State and National Parks was both a challenge and a joy.

Who do you explore with?

We explore together as a couple, often bringing our two dogs, Scout and Ender, with us on our adventures. We have a group of friends who also enjoy camping and exploring nature, and we love to bring our Woolly Bear with us on those trips, too!

What are your favorite outdoor activities?

If it's outside, we probably enjoy it. Our favorites include mountain and gravel cycling, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and camping.

Do you have any hacks or mods that you've done to your habitat to enhance your travels?

We are still new habitat owners, so we have not made a ton of mods to our Woolly Bear yet. Stay tuned for future modifications, though!

Tell us your favorite unique habitat story.

This is: The Naming of our Woolly Bear, "El Burro".
On our first trip with the Woolly Bear, we decided to drive it down to the Big Bend Region of the United States. This includes both Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park. As we loaded a ridiculous amount of gear into our new trailer, we regularly joked that it was such a nice "Pack Mule". When we arrived to check in at Big Bend Ranch State Park, a look of panic came across the park ranger's face when we informed her we were taking our new trailer down to our campsite: Las Burras 3. After frequent assurances that we would be careful and drive slowly, we headed down the road to our site. Never have we so deeply underestimated the challenge of an unpaved road. It was clearly designed for mules, not trucks, to travel. After two harrowing hours of driving (6 miles), we finally arrived at the most stunning campsite of our lives, singing the praises of our extremely capable new trailer. The rest of the trip continued to be a beautiful, challenging adventure. On our final morning, now in Big Bend National Park, we climbed out of our tent to find a herd of "wild" donkeys hanging out in our campsite. This settled it. We were to name our Woolly Bear "El Burro". It has been our trusty pack mule ever since.

What's one place you'd love to explore?

We are excited to take our Woolly Bear north next. We would love to explore Colorado, Utah, and Montana with it in the coming summers.

I can't leave home without my...

Bicycles! Any time we take a trip, we do our best to bring our bikes with us. There is always something to explore on a bike.

Travelogue:

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