I've been a backpacker for more than a decade, but my first thru-hike was the Colorado Trail in 2019. It was amazing! I couldn't get enough of the alpine tundra and was exuberant over seeing seven moose!! Last year I attempted the Uinta Highline Trail, but had to bail due to a wildfire closure. This summer I am hiking the South Dakota Centennial Trail and Superior Hiking Trail.
I love waking to a different, beautiful view at each campsite. This morning the rain fly had a little dew so we set it in the sun to dry.
The day we ended up in our underwear, but not for kinky reasons. Before I get to that…
After using water to make breakfast, we had less than a liter each for the seven mile hike to Lake Sheridan. Not ideal, as it was a warm day, but we powered through.
I woke with the sun but didn’t get up right away, though I did start hydrating. We are using a gravity filter as our main clean water source.
Why did I choose the South Dakota Centennial Trail for my next thru-hike? I haven’t been to the state and like the idea of exploring it on foot.
I enjoy creating and assembling backpacking meals. It is somewhat of a necessity since I am vegetarian, gluten free, and enjoy consuming nutritional meals on the trail.
I was a bit stumped on how to introduce myself. How does one describe a circuitous journey to spending day after day in the outdoors?