The Relief Society ladies planned a day retreat to go kayaking on a small mountain lake. I love doing stuff like that so I made it a point to go. To my surprise, the woman in charge of the day was Sister K. Now Sister K was a middle aged woman who always dressed impeccably. Her Sunday dress was perfect, her nails were perfect and her hair was perfect. She was also one of the STP. That morming at our meeting spot, Sister K, with the impeccable nails and hair was there with her car loaded with kayaks on the roof. Her Kayaks. But even that day, her casual dress looked almost better than my Sunday dress. We got to the lake and she, with another’s help, expertly untied the kayaks and in just a few minutes we had our life vests on and we were in the water. Sister K was an expert kayaker. For lunch, she quickly prepared a fire where we cooked hot dogs and marshmallows. During lunch I interrogated her about where she got all of this knowledge about the outdoors. I didn’t want to say, “you don’t look or dress like someone who knows a lot about the outdoors.” She explained that she had only boys and that they liked to go camping and that she knew she would need to go camping in order to spend time with her husband and sons. Camping and other outdoor activities eventually became her favorite activity. They went weekend after weekend on backcountry tent camps. They would even pack church clothes to attend Sunday services at the closest chapel wherever they camped. I didn’t want to come out and ask her how she was able to look so nice…all the time, but I’m always interested in how people can look put together, when I myself struggle with simple tasks like making sure my hair is combed and my zipper zipped. She must have read my mind because she added that she had always liked to have her hair and nails done, and to look nice no matter where she was, even in the wilderness. Her solution, she said was to pack a small bag with her hair curlers, makeup and nail items. “There is no reason we ladies can’t enjoy the outdoors AND look great as well. We just have to get up a little earlier.” Her can-do, yet feminine attitude struck a chord with me that I never forgot. And thus Sister K goes down in my book as one of my favs.