Throughout history we have learned that all great streaks must come to an end at some point. Whether it was Cal Ripken Jr’s 2,632 consecutive games over more than 16 years, Ken Jennings’ 74 straight Jeopardy wins, or Leonardo DiCaprio’s lifetime streak without winning an Oscar, – wait…that one is still going – history has taught us that all good things will come to an end. To keep the vicious circle of life moving, we need to rest in the 2,633rd game; we need to have Nancy Zerg demolish us in our Final Jeopardy wager, and we need the Oscar panel to finally just give him the darn Oscar!*
I sit here humbled – like Cal, Ken, and the eventual Leo – as I announce that my streak has too come to an end. After almost four months of ballin’ on a budget, our gear bag no longer looks like a do-it-yourself (DIY) forum for DIY-challenged adventurers. Thanks to the generosity of family and a short list of sponsors, we have been able to make the following improvements to our 2015 gear bag.