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Begins: Jul 20, 2009
Date: Sat, Aug 8th, 2009
Trip Distance: 239.0
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We arrived home today. Happy to be clean and fed, sad to be separated from the beloved mountains and the experiences we had.
A brief summary of what I liked/disliked about our planning/trip:
1. I LOVE MY PACK...for the first time, I carried the loads with minimal pain.
2. The gravity water filter worked fine, but probably is better used in a base camp set up. It's a bit of a pain to set up and filter during breaks (you have to set it up when you first stop, or the water won't be ready when you're ready to move on). We'll probably go back to a pump or chemicals.
3. The tent was great.
4. I liked eating energy bars in bag for breakfast, then breaking camp and eating a regular breakfast down the trail, usually at someplace pretty and warmer. Larry wasn't always as happy, hating to waste the time stopping for a meal when we were moving along. I think it works best when camp is cold (and cooking and eating breakfast in camp won't really warm one up).
5. We were able to put in some decent mile days (for a couple of old f---s). No major injuries or problems. Whether we can improve on that next year...
6. Food seemed like enough on the trip, but we both lost weight. Not complaining, but next year, we'll have to find a way to pack more calories or we won't be able to keep our energy up.
7. Note to self: find more mosquito protection!
8. We 'proved' to ourselves that we don't have to have every mile planned out, and can be flexible if need be. Since we won't be able to plan every mile next year, I'm glad too see this!
9. Larry will be editting photos for the next few days; I'll post 'em as soon as I can! Patience!
A final quote from Marion Parsons, in 1905, that I saw at Tuolomne Meadows:
"For a little while you have dwelt close to the heart of things...you have lived day-long amid the majesty of snowy ranges...And these thing live with you long after the outing has passed and you are back in the working world...until the year once more brings around the vacation days, and you are ready to turn to the hills again, whence comes...your strength, your inspiration, and some of the brightest hours you have ever lived."