Done teaching my summer class, so now I am breaking free! I started preparing for my first solo backpack at the beginning of June. Over the last two weeks I have checked the weather where I am headed a gazillion times, changing my route each time to accommodate thunderstorms. But now, hooray! Thunderstorms are no longer forecast!
I usually do a long section of the Appalachian Trail in the summer, but that wasn’t going to work out because of the summer teaching gig and I wanted to go back to Indiana to visit family. So I have combined the family visit with a short backpack. I grew up in the woods in southern Indiana. My dad would scare us silly about things that lurked in the woods…like Sasquatch!
Well, I can assure you that in my preparation for this trip, Sasquatch has been showing up in my dreams…as have tornados (A little PTSD from the annual viewing of Wizard of Oz when I was a kid).
I have tried to do everything I can think to be prepared. Like call the Forest Office (no answer), the state park office (*gasp* “you’re not going by yourself, are you?), check hunting seasons (it’s crow, bullfrog, and turtle season just in case you are wondering), and tracking the weather. I have the map memorized and know exactly where I am going to cache my water. My route is mostly finalized, but, if you backpack, you know how that goes…
With each little piece of planning, the trip becomes less daunting and more exciting. I can do this! It will be fun! So watch out Sasquatch…because I am coming to dance with you!
The day started off with a hike I was leading for the Maryland Trail Dames. This was a beginner hike at Meadowside Nature Center in Montgomery County, Maryland. I used to take my son here when he was little…so it holds some nostalgia for me. On this early spring day the temps rose into the […]
This was a joint hike with the Maryland, Northern and Central Trail Dames. A few days before I had been hiking on Maryland Heights near Harper’s Ferry, WVA and there had been ice on the trails…so I was a little worried we might encounter some ice. As we entered the park the main hill looked […]
I did this hike with the Trail Dames of Maryland. Trail Dames is a great group for beginner and more experienced hikers. If you have been thinking about hiking (and you are a woman over 18) then this group is for you! Check out their website http://www.traildames.com or look them up at http://www.meetup.com. There are […]
1/21/13 Sugarloaf Mountain has great trails and views…especially in the winter. At the start of our day it was about 30 degrees but warmed up to around 40 by the time we had finished. Gorgeous with the sun peeking out of the overcast skies. We did the Northern Peaks trail (Blue) and the Green summit […]