It’s been months and months since I last posted here. They have been hard months, but I guess there’s that whole “if it doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger” piece and, well, I am still here.
Life is all about transitions right now. Spring is here and the days are getting longer and I have started hiking again, which is a very good thing.
I was hoping to hike the whole Appalachian Trail this summer but it’s impossible to pick up and leave when you have 4 cats and a spare dog. (I was planning to take Steve.)
Maybe next year, though it’s awfully hard to feel optimistic.
Anyway, my optimism did supply me with the equipment for a night or two in the woods, so Hambone, Steve, and I wandered off into the woods several weeks ago for our first overnight.
I am still trying to figure out where everything goes in my pack! There is a lot of stuff and not much space! Plus now I have a dog sleeping bag hooked on the outside as well because Ham is a sissy.
But it was wonderful. I failed at fire-making 101, but otherwise everything went well. I love my little tent.
I haven’t been able to schedule another overnight, but I have been obsessing over my guidebook trying to figure something out.
We’ve also been doing a lot of day hikes, both on the Appalachian Trail and off. Lots of state gamelands and a couple of state parks. We hiked 28 miles in one week. Pretty awesome.
It feels good to be outside. It feels good to use my body, to sweat, to sit on the rocks looking out on an amazing view and have a snack.
Is this real life?