Prep, Prep, Prep; and Still so Much to Do
With just about a month to go I still have so much to do!
You would never know I have dreaming of this hike for the last three years. Prepping in some form or another. Buying gear here and there. Testing out backpacker meals. (I am a picky eater.) Trying to find that balance between comfort and light weight. And just when I thought I had it all figured out, I had a sudden change of heart in my shelter system.
I saw somebody set up a hammock in the rain and stay almost completely dry while doing it. In the meantime, I’m setting up a tent, getting rained on, and rain in my tent. I was jealous to say the least. So I did what anyone would do. I bought a hammock. I took it out for a test run and, well, it was the worst night sleep I ever had. The asymmetrical design looked cool, but wasn’t designed for someone six feet tall. My hiking partner, Candis, was laughing at me as I cursed myself to sleep while she slept nice and comfy in her tent.
Well, not one to be persuaded by one bad experience, I bought another, bigger hammock and after some persuasion of the salesperson, I was able to test it right in the store. And now, I am a hammock convert.
But I will still have my tent as a backup and it can be shipped to me at some spot on the trail if need be. That reminds me. I have to plan some mail drops. Ugh, more prep.
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