Photo and Haiku for 11 July 2022

Summertime stillness

Evening calm in the mountains

Worth the backpack in.

On the weekend, I did an overnight backpack up to Crater Lake in the Weminuche Wilderness with my friend, Eryn. According to my Far Out app the hike is 5.8 miles (it is listed as 5.5 miles on some websites). The hike going in wore me out. My pack weighed 24 pounds and it was slow going for me. I did hike faster going out – averaging slightly over 2 mph including stops. Nevertheless, I am a bit worried about my upcoming CT section hike of 101 miles from Monarch Crest to Spring Creek Pass. I figure 16 miles/day for 7 days should do it. I know that some of the stretches are fairly flat, but each segment has its ups and downs. If I’m worn out after doing 5.8 miles, how am I going to do averaging 16 miles/day while carrying at least a week’s worth of food? I did several rugged 16+ miles days last year and 100 miles in my first 7 days….so I know that I can do it….just need to get in better shape.

Photo and Haiku for 08 July 2022

Outdoor theater

Much Ado About Nothing

Humorous, poignant.

Yesterday, I went with some friends to see Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.  It was a fun and delightful experience.  This quote reminded me of the US Supreme Court and Republicans against abortion:

“Officers, what offence have these men done?

Marry, sir, they have committed false report; moreover, they have spoken untruths; secondarily, they are slanders; sixth and lastly, they have
belied a lady; thirdly, they have verified unjust things; and, to conclude, they are lying knaves.”


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