Camping: Camping Gear, Trails and Information for Campers

Researched trail, saw only one, very small creek to cross – check.
Cold, wet, soggy boots, pants and shirt wet halfway to neck – check.Bought new hiking boots – check.
Blister on right big toe (yeah, I know, I know, break them in) – check.

Remembered headlamp (finally) – check.
Forgot extra headlamp battery – check.

My neighbor gave me his favorite coffee for my hike – check.
Hmm, I should have noticed they were beans, not ground – check.

Toilet paper – check (or did I check?)
Wow, it is hard to find good leaves in the forest…

Hiking trail

Ahh, hiking… it always seems to give more to me than I take from it. Or, for some, as Dave Barry likes to say, “Hiking and Camping: Nature’s way of promoting the motel industry.”

Why I hike:

  • At home, weather is a just 4 minute segment on my local TV station, while hiking, weather is something often noticed every minute.
  • Lakes are bluer and more pristine than I even anticipated.
  • When I hike, my wife always makes her special trail bar recipe (sometimes I lie and tell her we should go for a hike “this weekend” just to get a batch).
  • I notice the shape of clouds, which I hadn’t since I was 9 years old, laying on my back in the backyard.
  • The trail offers a surprise with each turn.
  • Inner peace and solitude are not only easily found, they appear instantly with the first foot step on the trial
  • Phones? What phones?
  • I have to depend (mostly) on myself.
  • The campfire smells wholesome (my cooking has some room for improvement).
  • Finding a large bush of ripe blackberries is not only beautiful, but tastes great.
  • Knowing that for each hard and rocky climb upwards, there is a corresponding gentle path downwards (but not necessarily on this trail).
  • In the real world, the goal is always out there – in hiking, the goal becomes the next step.
  • Even when I travel the same hiking trail for the tenth time, I always discover something new.
  • I always value time and life more during and after hike, than at my desk.
  • I was pretty sure I could do it before I started; I am always sure I can once I start.
  • When I finish a hike, I find it isn’t the trail I overcame, it is myself.

 

 

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