I'd been lusting after a classic Eames lounge chair for years when I came across a knock-off in a used furniture store in town. This was a knock-off from around the same era as the Eames proper (unlike the more modern knock-off Eames lounges, which, honestly, are still super nice!), made by Plycraft, and in my opinion it still looks pretty damn cool. But this one was a mess: splitting in the plywood, cracks in the leather (not the good kind), and rust *everywhere*. But for $125 I wasn't going to pass it up. When I got it home I realized how bad the damage was: I couldn't even safely sit in the chair because of a crack in the plywood where the back attached to the seat.
Despite being a bit of a health-nut and in pretty good shape, I really hate working out. I can get into hiking, but I hate running (indoors or out), am bored with most indoor cardio activities, and just have a really hard time getting myself into the gym. While outdoor activities are great, I simply don't have time for them on a day-to-day basis. I'll be frank: I just don't like working out. I never get the endorphin rush that my friends tell me about, I don't feel good while I'm doing it, and in the moment, exercising is only about distracting myself from the fact that I'm exercising. Until recently I got by with one weekly outdoor activity, a low calorie & healthy diet, and the (very) occasional calisthenics routine, a la Liz Lemon.
God damn is the Gila National Forest beautiful. The last time I was here was in 2004. I know. I was 17. I went back earlier this year and it was as breathtaking as I remembered. The thing that strikes me most about this part of the country is the diversity of habitats. Desert-ey scrublands, lush forests, amphibian-ridden streams, heart-jumpingly steep cliffs, and more.