Our family has changed since we visited our local REI store.


My six and four year old learned to ride their bikes.

On the same day.

Within minutes of each other.

It was awesome.


Since we had picked up some great outdoor gear at REI, it was easy to now be able to slip on some sandals and go for a ride.

To throw on some lightweight nylon water repellent REI cargo shorts and prepare for some very eager boys to barrel through every water puddle they encounter.

To plan for camping trips in parks that host beautiful bike paths.


To be together as a family in a way our family had never really experienced before.

I want that for you too.

And so does REI.

They have graciously offered to provide you with another chance to win!  How about a $100 gift card?

So tell me, what outdoor activity do you pledge to do with your family this summer and how would a $100 REI gift card help you get there?  Take the REI Outdoor Pledge and submit your comment to be entered.

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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older and runs from  9/7 – 9/27 .
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Reader Comments

  1. Going camping this weekend with my family can’t wait to be outside without the pressures of things to be done lurking.

  2. Camping is our thing. We camp every we get a chance. New Camping gear would sure be nice.
    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  3. I’ve got a full compliment of older backpacking gear (thanks REI for stuff that never seems to wear out!), but find myself mostly car camping these days. I’d use a gift card for a larger tent, or maybe a squishier sleeping pad. Or maybe a roof rack for my car–fitting the bikes in the back with gear is TIGHT.

  4. I just returned from a camping expedition to Glacier National Park. It was my first time camping since girl scout camp days (many years ago) and I was apprehensive. It was better than expected and now I want to buy everything I borrowed for this trip so I can go camping again!

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