An Ode To My Boots
Subtitled: REI makes excellent products.
I bought these boots for my first research cruise on the NOAA Albatross IV in April, 2004, and have brought them to sea ever since. The metal eyes have corroded to a beautiful aquamarine, the soles are worn, and the leather is broken in. On Thursday, during a botched deployment and retrieval of our small boat off the Gunter, my boots took a prolonged bath in the ocean. After spending three days in the hot and arid engine room, they are finally dry. Now they are even more salt-encrusted, just how I like them.