Friday’s Favorite Finds #18


Here are some fun finds for your Friday.  I hope you enjoy them!





Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Join other drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info, saving everyone time and gas money on their daily commute” says their website.


This app is pretty amazing.  Roger and I were driving to visit the restaurant from the show A Chef’s Life in Kinston, NC (we loved it if you need a road trip!) and needed some directions.  He had downloaded this app a friend recommended.  Let me tell you how cool this is?!?  The voice was talking and said “a car is in the shoulder 600 feet ahead”.  And sure enough there was.

I am old enough to continually find this type of thing outstanding. How does this voice on his phone know enough to tell us there is a car in the shoulder in 600 feet?


For us, it has been better than Google Maps or other GPS apps because it does that type of thing….keeps us alert to wrecks, road construction and back ups.  We like it.



Cotopaxi is an outdoor product and adventure experience company.  It also seeks to be good world neighbors.  You know I love folks helping folks! Here is how they describe themselves:

“Adventure helps people see the world and drives them to improve it. That’s why we’ve created Cotopaxi—a new outdoor company that funds sustainable poverty alleviation, moves people to do good, and inspires adventure through innovative outdoor products and experiences. Our unique business model enables our grantmaking in developing countries and represents a commitment to sustainable product design and charitable giving.

At Cotopaxi, we create innovative outdoor products and experiences that fund sustainable poverty relief. On our blog, we tell stories that inspire people to do good and adventure on”.

I purchased this pack.  Here is their description, their pack picture and my pack:

The catalog picture

The catalog picture



The durable, packable, versatile Luzon has a new twist. Packed with personality and history, each Luzon Del Dia is made proudly in the Philippines by an employee who has total creative control over the pack’s colorway. No two are the same.


My pack helpfully modeled by Matt

My pack helpfully modeled by Matt



I love my pack!  It is everything they said it would be.  Well made and durable and their color choices work for me.  This one is lightweight and fairly non-structured.  Great for a day hike or picnic.  Highly recommend these folks to help us explore and get moving!





Have a super terrific Friday and enjoy this Father’s Day weekend!