If I lug my pack around and don't camp does it still count as backpacking? I hope it does because I put some serious miles on my feet this weekend. So maybe I was not smart enough to make camping reservations far enough in advance and by the time I thought about it everything was sold out. Now why can't I ever remember that Memorial Weekend is when lots and lots of people go camping?
|I wish I recorded this little fellow's singing. What a voice!|
What expression. What passion!
Mount Diablo almost killed me. Or maybe it was the inaccurate weather forecast that did. Can I sue weather bureau if they mess up? They promised partly sunny day and temp around 70. It ended up raining and as for temperatures, read on.
I just realized something. I could have used one of the towels to wrap myself in. Double stupid!!!
|Luxuriously soft, heaven for my feet|
after miles of rocky trails
Santa Teresa County Park is pretty close to where I live. How convenient on a day when I don't have a lot of time. I cheated again and ignored the signs that park opens at 8am (why on earth so late???). I couldn't wait till 8; by that time I wanted to be half way done with my hike.
This park has some nice hills and a few steep climbs and good views. There isn't a lot of shade but the day started cold and cloudy. This time I was prepared and had my fleece with me. Yes, I can learn. It was surprisingly quiet and there weren't any mountain bikers on my trails. I consider this a luxury.
I was pleased to notice that my legs felt pretty strong after the last few days of heavy punishment. This time I was wearing my minimalist shoes and loved every second of the hike. No overheating, no knee pains, no ball of the foot pain either - all of those experienced in heavier boots.
Next weekend I'll be in Yosemite so I will make sure to do a trek in the snow to see how that feels without heavy hiking boots. Yes, it snowed there just a couple days ago and probably will again this week!!! I am hearing intel from people who are
Tomorrow, I think, just yoga and some rest. Or... maybe I'll backpack some more in my neighborhood. This is actually fun.
BTW, thank you all for your supportive comments. They mean a lot to me. Once on the trail I won't be able to really keep in touch, I will be able to post only very short messages of where I am and if I am still alive.
|By the time I was done with my training, the sun decided to show its face.|