This past weekend we had an adventure! Bill has long been following hikers on the Appalachian Trail, and loves backpacking. I have never been and while I like camping, my idea is to go in a camper to a place with hot showers and electricity! Well, I went wilderness backpacking in Davy Crockett National Forest on the Four C Trail with Bill and Amy Foskett, an old friend from music school days. We had all the gear we needed because Bill and the boys had gone to Philmont Scout Ranch several times. Amy has been to Philmont once, but has been backpacking on shorter trips often of late. They both know how to lighten the load, although my backpack was still 30 lbs (parts of the tent, sleeping bag, pad for under the bag, clothes, food for 2.5 days, all our water, wet wipes, personal items, warm jacket, rain gear, first aid stuff, you get the idea…). Yes, I survived in the wilderness for 2.5 days without running water and cooked backpacking foods over a little stove (it is so cute!). Bill had fun putting out one fire when the fuel spilled on a picnic table and caught fire! Dirt and gravel work!!!
Here is a picture of the stove. Isn’t it cute?? It folds up into a tiny bag.
Anyway, we hiked about a total of 16 miles, all in the forest. There are actually really big, old trees here because it is protected land. Mostly pines, but a few pecan and other native Texas trees. We had a few spider webs to knock down, but no one bit us! I saw one little green snake, but I’m sure there were larger ones out there. We saw some deer families, heard lots of owls, frogs, night bugs, woodpeckers, and even a COW (yes, there was an area of private land in there where I guess they had some cows). In the middle of the night, you imagine all kinds of things that could be making that sound! We enjoyed our backpacking food, oatmeal eaten right out of the packets (we poured boiling water in them and let it sit. Didn’t want to use our drinking water to wash any dishes). We stayed nice and warm in our tents, and the weather was perfect the entire time!
I came home exhausted and stiff, but used my arnica gel and woke up just fine Monday. Today I have a cough, but hope it is short lived! It was fun playing house in the woods, and I know Bill enjoyed it. I plan on doing this type of trip again, but perhaps shortening the miles we do each day.
I will post pictures once I can find the cord to transfer them to the computer!
Here’s to sacrifices for our husbands!!!