My Very First Bonehead Maneuver
I went to the Lake Houston Wilderness Park today. It wasn’t much of a workout; I live in Houston and when I ask people in this area where I can do some hiking that involves actual ups and downs I’m often referred to a local bridge. Houston is flat, flat, flat. Unfortunately, the nearest long-distance hiking trail, the Lone Star Trail, is closed until damage from Hurricane Harvey is repaired, so I went to the next best place I could find, a park with hiking trails and campgrounds.
It was my first time going out with my backpack fully loaded. It weighed 25 pounds with two to three days of food and two liters of water. The pack felt great and I left the park feeling optimistic about my next, longer hike. My last long hike was 15 years ago carrying I don’t even know what huge amount of weight on my back. That ended with someone else having to carry my pack up hills for me while I cried with embarrassment and frustration.
Those days are gone. The AT is in my sights and God willing nothing will weigh me down, literally or figuratively.
My only issue today made itself known at lunchtime. Roll tape.
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