Photo and Haiku for 28 June 2022

To get in good shape

I carry a heavy pack

Thoreau’s my ballast

In my attempt to get in shape for doing some backpacking this summer, I have been doing some hiking while wearing my backpack.   To get better accustomed to the weight that I will be carrying on the trail, I’ve been loading the pack with between 15 to 28 pounds.  Yesterday it was 26 pounds. 
Not wanting to throw in the sleeping bag, pad, clothes, food, etc. I’ve been adding books wrapped in plastic (because of all of the recent rain) to my pack.  The heaviest books I take are a complete set of Thoreau’s journals (1837-1861).  Weight 10 pounds 13 OZ.
“A traveler! I love his title. A traveler is to be reverenced as such. His profession is the best symbol of our life. Going from–toward; it is the history of every one of us.”
― Henry David Thoreau, The Journal, 1837-1861