busy, busy

It has been a crazy few weeks.

I have traveled to my home state to celebrate my grandmother’s 90th birthday, and caught up with family one last time before the hike. I have been working a whole bunch, trying to save up as much money as I can, and to round it out I have been working on more logistics for the trip.

It’s been hectic, but it has been worth it.

My mind has been on gear a lot lately. I am still thinking about a long sleeve shirt for the desert. I usually get really hot while hiking, so I need something light weight that breaths well. I looked in several thrift shops for a polyester dress shirt, but have yet to find what I am looking for. I am a bit tempted to purchase a Columbia Omni-Freeze shirt, as the technology sounds amazing. As you sweat the fabric cools. Normally you sweat, the material gets wet and then is heated. It sounds pretty awesome, but it is pretty spendy, so we shall see if I can find a deal or something.

I am also trying to decide if I should update my sleeping pad from a very well loved and patched prolite 3 to a new shiny Therm-a-rest Neo Air. As well as deciding to change out my well worn and slightly bent trekking poles for something new and fancy. It’s hard to justify these changes, but it is so hard not to hit the purchase button. Perhaps I should stick to the whole “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mentality, but what if it does break when I am on the trail. It will be a while before I will be able to replace it. See… a cycle of gear thoughts. Whatever I do go with though, will be fine I am sure.

As for what is new: while at home I bought some new zip off hiking pants as my old ones are very patched. I had my new replacement darn tough socks come in the mail, and my external battery also arrived. I am still waiting on my sleeping bag to come in, but while I wait I put together a new sleeping bag liner out of some fabric I got on sale at Joanne Fabrics. It is a bit thicker material than my old nylon one, but I think it will work great, plus its super fun colored. I am also thinking of attempting to make some short gaiters, I need some more time to work on this though as I am trying to work out a way to attach them to my shoes.

I have also been working on the dehydrating more food on my short weekend off. I’ve added some Quinoa Vegetable Soup, blueberries, and blackberries (not all at the same time.) Plus I have been starting to gather extra stuff for my mail drops like hand sanitizer, wet wipes, and of course, pop tarts. Little by little, it all is coming together. Hopefully when I return from the hut next week I can start to really work on my resupply drops.

Busy, Busy. 🙂

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