The first adventurer I ever knew was my dad. I grew up in an outdoorsy type family, and the majority of our vacations consisted of backpacking trips, canoeing and kayaking, bike riding, and exploring the great outdoors.
When I was a little girl, we spent a couple of weeks every summer at a camp on a lake. My dad would sometimes wake me up early, before the sun had appeared, and take me down to the lake. We'd hop into a canoe, and he'd paddle us back into the slough where nature was just beginning to stretch its arms and wipe its sleepy eyes. I can still remember the sights and sounds of those mornings: birds chirping, blue heron swooping low over the lake, bugs gliding across the glassy water, hungry fish jumping and splashing, deer grazing on the shore, and the paddle dipping in and out of the water.
My dad also taught me the importance of being prepared and endeavored to equip me with the necessary skills. He taught me the best way to pack a backpack, basic wilderness survival, and how to build a really killer campfire. He taught me to look out for the little things, to be aware of my surroundings, and to let my hot chocolate cool before taking a sip. I didn't always listen...so many burnt tastebuds. ;)
The sense of awe and wonder I felt in the outdoors as a child stayed with me through the years, and I owe part of that to my dad. He is the one who instilled in me the importance of adventure, of endless exploring, of always seeking new things, of sitting in silence and soaking up the sights and sounds. He is and forever will be a lover of the outdoors and one of my favorite adventurers.
Eddie Bauer's Stanley products are all about celebrating the outdoor lover, and if your dad (or uncle, or brother, or granddad) is anything like mine, this just might be the perfect Father's Day gift for him this year. My dad can never have enough outdoor gear, and it is always my go-to product for gift giving.
The Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle is one of the must-haves in my opinion. How else are you going to transport the million cups of coffee you need in order to wake up each morning? :) Also, this big guy keeps your drink of choice hot and/or cold for twenty-four hours. Mind blown. Pair it with the Vacuum Mug, and you'll be golden, sipping on sweet goodness for hours around the campfire or out on the trail.
Stanley's thermoses are perfect for any outdoorsman in your life, and being products that are built for life, they will be passed down to future adventurous generations in the years to come. Just think of all the fun stories they could tell if they could talk!
Are you an outdoor adventure lover? Who inspires you to be an explorer? Have you thought about giving the gift of Stanley this Father's Day? Give a lasting and meaningful gift that inspires adventure!