Three Weeks Out, AKA Keeping It Together
What’ve I been up to?
Finalizing the last of my gear and getting comfortable with it all.
Suffice to say there were at least a couple times in the last month where I had an overwhelming urge to just say fuck it, throw my worldly possessions into a bonfire, and ride off into the sunset on the back of a Bantha. Logistics are something I usually actually enjoy, but after a few months of coordinating possessions, dealing with a NYC landlord (yeah you try it sometime) to try to pass off my lease, and the great health care crisis of 2015, suffice to say I was ready to flip modern existence a double bird. Guess they call it the “trappings” of civilization for a reason. Glad to say I’ve (mostly) made it through that gauntlet at this point, and am now happily moved into my childhood bedroom, thanks to my parents and especially my mother who braved NYC traffic and lawless Bushwick to come get me and my stuff. Also a shout out to my wonderful roommates/friends for putting up with my nonsense. Case and point: last week I told them how a co-worker had said I was being remarkably calm for being three weeks out from Springer, and they started laughing, because they know “calm” is the last word they’d use.
Setting up my fundraising page.
You may remember my post late last year about hiking for charity. Well, the Crowdrise is finally up, and appropriately so, since today is International Women’ Day, and I’m hiking for global women’s rights. Please check it out here: Crowdrise: Hike for Women’s Rights. You can also check out the fb page and “like” it here: 2,200 Miles for Women’s Rights.
I love my job, and back in the summer I made the decision to work pretty much up until my flight to Georgia (up until two days before, in fact). Thaaat was probably not the best decision I’ve ever made, but I do think having to actively focus on my job has forced me to have a 9 hour time-period during which I have to not think about the trail, which is probably healthier. I’m taking a leave of absence for the 6 months that I’ll be hiking, so if anything, I’m really grateful that I have co-workers and an employer that understand my particular brand of crazy.
I know what I like to eat when I backpack, but the calories just aren’t adding up to the 3,000-3,500 or so that everyone tells me I should have, and in my previous excursions I’ve definitely done my fair share of “burger hikes,” i.e. purposefully ending a backpacking trip somewhere I can eat a burger. I’m currently looking at 2,500 a day, but will be adding olive oil and cheese to the mix to see how far that takes me. Luckily food is something that’s easy to adjust over time, so I’m not sweating over it too much.
I did have a really cool company called TrailMyx.com, owned by a lovely couple in Texas, contact me out of the blue about trying out their service, and I was more than excited to oblige! TrailMyx.com is a site that lets you make a custom trail mix out of nuts, seeds, fruit, crunchies, and sweets (my favorite). They differentiate organic and non-organic ingredients, and you can even choose the percentages of each ingredient in the mix. This is perfect for me, because my previous experiences hiking have put me off store-bought trail mix, mostly because I’m sick of peanuts (and peanut butter, and oatmeal, but we won’t get into it). Through TrailMyx I made a mix of various types of chocolate, dried fruit, and almonds, and have been happily munching away at it this weekend while getting my act together.They have dried blueberries and chocolate covered espresso beans. What more could you possibly want?? Definitely check them out!
That’s all for now folks, thanks for reading! Three weeks left and counting…Yeep!
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