Patience, patience, patience.
My weekends since the holiday began have been busy with baking, family time and all those wonderful INDOOR things. Now, the next few weekends are full of visiting with family and friends. Don’t get me wrong, I will still hike out on the weekend mornings. Someplace close by, easy and quick (aka – been there, done that).
I once heard that the secret to being patient is doing something else in the meantime, so I took my family out for a one mile jaunt the other day. My hubby had a sore back or I would have pushed for more mileage. Here is our family photo. I need a selfie stick and dogs that know how to pose for photos .
My long hike on the AT is a few years away, so I am concentrating on getting outside for shorter hikes. I’m finding it harder to go. Why? I know why. It’s winter, it’s cold, I’m bored. The short hikes are nice, but I want longer ones! I want to set up my tent! I want to cook over my pocket rocket. I wanna go backpacking in the woods! Wahhhh! Okay, that’s out of my system.
This Christmas I received a set of Frogg Toggs rain gear. Pink jacket, black pants. Love it. Will I take it with me in 2020 on The Trail? I dunno. Maybe? I also received a titanium spork. Will I take it with me? Probably. Dunno. My brother gave me a cute hiker girl ornament for my tree. I don’t think she’ll make the gear list.
It’s not easy for me to be patient. Especially when I see others readying their packs for the 2016 thru-hike. (Shout out to my friend, travelshell!) I know it’s not my time yet. I have a plan. There are so many places I want to hike first. So much more experience I need before undertaking such a feat.
So, here I am, cheering all you 2016 thru-hikers on to Maine or Georgia (whichever way to want to go.) I’ll bring out my notebook, studiously taking down all the how-to’s and do-not-do’s. I’ll put all your knowledge to work on my thru-hike in 2020.