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Welcome 2022 and the Wild Roamer Blog Team!

Welcome 2022 and the Wild Roamer Blog Team!

2022 Challenges

Some thoughts about challenge…what resonates with you?

  • Better than you were yesterday;
  • The situation of being faced with something that needs great mental or physical effort to be done successfully, and therefore tests your ability;
  • Something new and difficult which requires great effort and determination;
  • Striving to improve;
  • Opportunity for growth and self-improvement;
  • The journey to the best version of yourself;
  • To accomplish great things, you must be open to taking risks.

We are Rusterior – WNY; Women & LGBTQ Owned; Sustainable; Hand Printed Goods; Ethically Made; Eco-friendly; Proud; and open to taking risks…how else will we be better than yesterday?!

Rusterior is striving to improve by expanding the Rusterior Wild Roamer Blog. In 2022 you can look forward to meeting a diverse group of Wild Roamers who can’t wait to share their local adventures with you. We are challenging ourselves and providing you with ideas for success and growth (and some really cool Rusterior products). We want to offer you wild and roaming ideas and suggestions with varying levels of activity, ability, and family involvement.

Rusterior's 2022 plans include sharing more frequent (at least twice a month!) blog content from real humans who live in our community. These humans come from various backgrounds and are at different stages in their lives, but they share a love of active living. These local Roamers find joy in different escapades, so you are sure to connect with some, if not all of them. And, did we mention they LOVE Rusterior goods?

So, let’s get the party started! We want to introduce you to some of the bloggers! In the spirit of challenges, some of the bloggers are sharing their 2022 challenges, hoping to inspire and motivate you to think about what might challenge you this year. Log in often this year, see what the humans are up to and what Rusterior products they are loving…we challenge you…

First up is
Carrie Rinehart - Carrie is the owner of Rusterior and an adventure junkie. When she isn't working on her business or hanging with her wife and three kiddos she is spending time outside, camping, skiing, hiking, kayaking and any other outdoor adventure she can get her hands on! Adventure is the basis for everything in Carrie's life and it seeps into her business! 
Shelly Wells- 
I am woman (she/her/hers) - hear me roar (although quietly).  I prefer wisdom over age, sunshine over rain, peace over chaos, light over dark, warm over cold, color over gray, and outside over inside.  I don't ask why; I ask why not.
My 2022 challenge - WNY Winter Hiking Challenge
shelly hiking
Erin Garcia- 
Erin Garcia is from Buffalo, NY, but moved to Colorado Springs, CO four years ago. She is a biomedical engineer and enjoys spending her spare time watching sports (Go Bills!), spending time with family and friends, and enjoying the great outdoors! She most enjoys hiking with her husband, Brandon, and their dog, Trigger!
erin hiking
Samantha Gill- 
Sam is a marketing director, writer, and self-proclaimed meme connoisseur. She lives just south of Buffalo, NY (Go Bills!) with her high school sweetheart Luke, their two children Marleigh and Huck, and a high maintenance chocolate lab named Zeke. In the summer months, Sam and her family happily skip town for months on end in search of adventure in the Adirondack mountains.
sam kayaking
Melissa Woelfle- 
Born and raised in Buffalo, NY and is now living out her adventurous dreams in Denver, CO! She loves exploring and sharing her experiences with others & is looking forward to sharing her adventures with all of you guys and providing all the best tips, tricks and advice on living out an adventurous lifestyle.
melissa hiking
Abby Militello-
When she is not nerding out over literature in her ELA classroom, you will find this hometown gal with my Militello Fun Squad (kick a$$ husband & 3 spunky kids) spreading Buffalove across the globe.  Biking & hiking; blading & namaste-ing; clipping in, lacing up & paddling out; in a tent & out on a limb: her adventures are fueled by outdoorphins.
abby hiking
Melisa Dettbarn- 

I’m a question asker, adventure seeker and curious explorer on this vibrant blue planet, 3rd from the Sun. I’m thankful to ride through this crazy life with Jason, our three amazing children and numerous animal companions, to spend my days teaching science surrounded by young people, and live a life rich with friendships, family, stories, big laughs, forests, nature, campfires, live music and epic adventures. Life’s too short - make it interesting!

melissa hike


Janine Desmond-  

Janine loves exploring outside & gearing up in hiking boots, mud boots or snowshoes, and she love love loves looking for new bugs, birds and plant species in every place she goes. 
janine sitting
Dani C - 
Based in Chautauqua County (NY), Dani is an avid solo hiker who hopes to visit every national park. When not traveling, you’ll find her exploring natural treasures across New York from the lush forests of the Enchanted Mountains to waterfalls in the Finger Lakes region to the mountain summits and fire towers of the Adirondacks and Catskills. Also enjoys kayaking, snowshoeing, fishing, and cycling. 
dani hike
Katie Thomann-
From being 6 months old sleeping on Quaker Beach with her mom to being 34 and now raising her two kids to love camping, there is more than just an experience to be had in the outdoors. It's truly a part of her life that has molded Katie into the person she is today! 
katie ditch
Andrea Genevieve Townson- 
Originally from Buffalo, NY Andrea Genevieve Townson has lived in Austin, TX for the last twelve years with her husband, three kids, two turtles and handful of fish. She loves arts and crafts, wild schooling, and sunshine. 
When she isn’t exploring new trails or swim holes you can find her baking, eating breakfast tacos or planning the next road trip. Follow their adventures at @field_trip_fridays. 
andrea with waterbotte
Chelsea Kull-
Chelsea is a Long Island adventure connoisseur with a passion for dancing, food, sports, and late night drinks with friends. She is always the life of the party and loves creating funny mischief wherever she goes. Chelsea enjoys being outside from sunrise to sunset and loves finding new trails with her one year old Goldendoodle, Buddy. 
Alana Pedalino is a writer, editor and blog manager. She loves to kayak, hike, spend time with animals and travel. Follow her on Twitter @APstyle
We are very excited to begin this year sharing more adventures from more amazing folks! Be sure to share your adventures with us too! 
Until next time! 
xoxoxo Carrie & Team! 
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Adventure Footwear and The Shoes I love!

Adventure Footwear and The Shoes I love!

I don't know about you guys but i'm a footwear snob! I would in no way a fashion bloggers so please take this post with a grain of salt. I do however love footwear and love wearing a good shoe! 

Photo by Tailor Mayde Photography 

With living a active lifestyle I feel like I was always searching for shoes for every outing I was doing weather it be camping, hiking, kayaking, etc. My go to pair is 100% my Birkenstocks  I have had a pair since my grandma gifted me a pair in high school and I was totally hooked. These are my legit everyday shoe and the pair I truly beat up beyond repair which explains the ( WAY TO MANY TO COUNT ) pairs I have. I really love my Birks but I will say I will not purchase them from big box stores but instead right from the website because I feel like the factory quality is different and they last longer from the direct site. The birks are great  but they weren't perfect for everything mainly for things involving water or where I needed some stability 



Since I have just embraced my old mom style I have fully given into any and all shoe choices and pick them based on function and in some cases style ;) I caved and grabbed Teva's for the whole family this past summer because we had a whole summer of camping planned and my kiddos ( and amber and I) needed some more versatile footwear that we could wear kayaking. Right now is actually the perfect time to buy them because a lot of styles are on sale! I got some from TJ Maxx and other discount stores. I will say I LOVE my Teva's and they are perfect for kayaking and beach walking because they are meant to get wet and your feet stay in them without slipping around. These even serve as water shoes for my kiddos since they are water shoe haters because they hate having their feet contained. 

Photo by Tailor Mayde Photography

Peep my Teva's here ;) 

Listen, if it was up to me I would ONLY wear these two pairs of shoes year round but ya know, cold weather and snow put a damper on that! Last spring we took a hiking trip to Letchworth and Ithaca ( << Click to read that post). I knew we would be doing a TON of walking and I honestly hate sneakers for hiking and I hate hiking boots ( like the full boot kind that rub on your ankles). I found these Merrell  boots ( on sale on REI) and LOVE THEM they are my down and dirty boots where I really don't care if they get filthy on hikes because they are super durable. If you are looking for a boot to live something similar are the ones i would recommend.

My new favorites are these Forsake Boots they are kind of a hybrid boot sneaker and they feel like that. I never liked sneaker because I have a wide foot and I never felt like I got enough support from them and I never liked Boots because I feel like they are very constricting. This is honestly a magic shoe because it is the best of both worlds. They are structured and supportive but also flexible and breathable. I also love these because I can wear them to work and hiking and they are waterproof so wearing them in the snow is an option without feeling like you are wearing a huge snowboot. I will say my feet are not SUPER warm in them but I still love them and I have cold feet normally so it could be just me! Over all I would give them a 10/10 for style and function! 

Photo by Alexis Mohr 


I have been wanting to write this one for a long time because I love shoe wear in a more non traditional sense and value quality shoe wear and would much rather spend a little more on a few pairs of good shoes than have a million pairs of not so good shoes. 

What are your favorite adventure shoes? Let me know in the comments! 

Until next time! 


Carrie & The Wild Roamers 

 Photo by Tailor Mayde Photography

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