Hi VT Birders!
I usually lurk on this listserv and take your great advice on where to spot, but I thought I would break out of my shell and share a story.
A year ago, I finally met the love of my life, who also loves birdwatching. We went everywhere with our Bushnell Elites by our sides. Unfortunately, the birdwatching was short lived last year when I cricked my neck trying to get a glimpse of a purple finch.
A bunch of my friends gave me advice on what to do, but for the last 9 months my neck never felt right and the pain was worst right when I awoke. Finally, I decided that enough was enough and maybe I needed a new bed.
For all those in the same position, it is so overwhelming to find a new mattress these days. I searched high and low, not knowing if what I was going to get was going to be good. Luckily, I finally found a site http://www.slumbersearch.com that had a whole bunch of reviews and mattress rankings. I just got a new Sapira mattress last month and I can't believe it, but my neck pain is almost all gone. If you also have cricked your neck from too much birding, I highly advise you to take care and get a new bed if now is the time.
Stay safe and best of luck!