6 Days From Launch… Have We Panicked Yet?
We’re rapidly checking off items on our to-do list, but the list doesn’t get any shorter because we keep adding more tasks:
- Set up camp every evening and pack it up every morning
- Get dog meds from vet & pack
- Treat clothes with permethrin
- Clean hiking poles & wrap with duct tape
- Gather items for first aid kit
- Pack resupply boxes and create mailing labels
- Learn how to use InReach Mini
- Put all bills on autopay
- Try to cram in a few more hikes with full packs
- Deal with our heightened anxiety and try to be kind with each other!
One of the best pieces of advice we gleaned from our reading was to completely set up our camp site every night and break it down in the morning. We’ve learned how to work together to get the tent up quickly and figured out the different storage pockets. Our pup, Bodhi, was really excited to see the tent and was confused when we set it up (indoors, even!) and then went upstairs to bed!
Breaking down camp and packing everything back up into our backpacks helps us edit our loads. Do we need two separate first aid kits? Who carries the dog’s sleeping bag? Will we want easy access to our sporks for lunch?
Creating our resupply boxes has been a Tetris challenge — squeezing meals, dog food, and miscellaneous supplies into twenty-one separate boxes while ensuring we don’t end up with Thai curry meals 3 nights in a row. Do we have enough coffee? What about electrolyte powders? Chocolate??!!? Spread sheets and charts are helpful but sooner or later you just have to lay it all out on the floor.
Confession: I’ve broken into tears more than once in the past few days. Thank heaven for my love, Chris, who pulls me into a hug and whispers “it will all be ok; it’s all going to be all right.”
In six short days, we’ll be at Amicalola, ready to set off on our epic journey. That is, if I survive all the preparations!
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