Shenandoah National Park seemed a reasonable choice for leading a Trail Dames backpack. Fool’s Weekend was so apropo for this event! We had some new backpackers along and this route tested the limits of some. However, WHAT FUN!!!! Who better to test limits with but Trail Dames!
Clouds moved in and out all day. One moment we would be basking in the warmth of the sun and the next pulling on an extra layer to guard against the gray sky and stiff chilly breeze. We hiked about six miles on day 1, and that was quite enough for some of our group.
We all set up our tents around Bearfence Hut, then gathered around the firepit to eat dinner. AND OF COURSE, there was a fire! Kathleen & Overkill did a fantastic job getting a fire started with wet wood. Nice! Smoky at first, but worth it. 🙂
As I sat in my tent, snuggled into my bag for the night, I realized I was exhausted. Leading a day hike is one thing, but taking responsibility for a group of women on a backpack, is leveling up in a huge way. Did I pass? I think so. Could I have been more supportive? Probably.
So I sat there and thought about things that had happened during the day and found myself writing a silly little poem…which I will now share here…remember I am a math instructor not a poet. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Where did the miles go?
Listening to everyone’s woes.
Snap of a cracker
Crack of a twig
Make the tea
Take a swig
Feeling the warmth of my insides grow.