|Gathering Supplies. With water and food the pack is about 30 l|
Greetings! By Friday of this week I was so excited about my camping trip, I was afraid I wouldn't be able to fall asleep. Mostly I obsessed about how to pack as light as possible without sacrificing comfort and safety. The funny thing that looks like an IV bag is where I kept 3 liters of water. I also had a sports bottle full of water, too. I drank every last bit of it!
My carpool buddies, Cara and Julie, met at my house at 8:00 and we were on our way. Next stop commuter lot to catch up with the remaining group members, then on to the park. A couple members had some snags and we didn't end up getting to the park until about 10:00 or so and it was already getting hot. We ended up with 9 ladies total including our hiking host, Denise.
|We doubled back over a couple spots, so we figured we went about 10 miles total.|
Once we got set up in camp, I had a couple sandwiches on my uber expensive gluten-free bread, which was delicious, and I was in bed by 7:30. I really wanted to chat with the girls, but I was so exhausted! I meant to lay down for a minute, but ended up just going to bed for good instead. This is the view from inside my teeny tent. :)
My tent neighbor Barb said I did a lot of thrashing around in the night. I couldn't quite get comfortable and even though I was wearing a big fleece jacket, pants, and wool socks, my nylon poncho was not cutting it as a blanket. Who knew I'd need a sleeping bag in June?
Once it got good and dark, the coyotes started to howl. It sounded a bit like a track from a horror movie. There must have been a fairly large pack of them because it sounded like a chorus of howls. There was also a very noisy whippoorwill that had a whole lot to say. Think the forest is quiet? Think again! If you've never heard one, you can listen here.
Morning came pretty quickly and in no time we were all up and pitter pattering around the camp fire. Shannon, being a complete saint, brought instant coffee to share. Add an early morning campfire and it was heavenly. Ahhh...
Unfortunately, Saint Shannon wasn't feeling too hot and got really sick, like flu sick. Poor kid! So on the way back to the Visitors Center, Denise, Shannon, and I split off from the group to hack a couple miles off the return and hiked to the nearest road. When we got there we copped a squat by the road where we stayed until the rest of them finished the hike and came to pick us up. All in all, we still did about 10 miles over the two days. For a former couch potato, that's a big victory. :)
After all the goodbyes, Cara, Julie, and I headed back to the Lou. I was famished and filthy! We made a pit stop at Hardees so I could get some caffeine and a delicious turkey burger. Mmmm, turkey. After making the rounds and dropping the ladies off I finally got home for a shower and a tick check. Two of those squirmy bastards made their way on to my thigh.
After clean up I did one last trip to REI to drop off my gear that I rented and boy was I pooped. I love that store so much and bumped in to Besty, who should be employee of the year, and got a high-five! Every little bit of encouragement means so much!
On the way home I temporarily lifted the sugar ban and treated myself to a small vanilla cone at McDonald's. It was delish and since sugar makes me uber sleepy and I was tired anyway, I went home and took a nice nap aftewards. I'm pretty sure this trip will take a few days to recover from. I'm not too sore yet, but I'm not exactly feeling aches and pain-free either.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! What did you do?