[at-l] Hiking Plans for September?

Nina Rogers Nina.Rogers at DrakeSoftware.com
Thu Sep 2 10:45:51 CDT 2010

Camping at Standing Indian Campground with the baby, and taking her on
short day hikes in that area.


If the camping plan falls through, we'll still do the day hikes, either
there or on the Bartram Trail.


We're hoping to take Baby "Scout" on her first backpacking trip this
month. We've ordered a Big Agnes Fairview 3 and are hoping it comes in
tomorrow or Saturday; if it does, we'll be taking her Sunday night! If
it doesn't, we'll have to wait until mid-September.


We won't be able to do any multi-day hikes yet, mainly because it's my
busy season at work. :-((((((((((((


Nina Rogers


From: at-l-bounces at backcountry.net [mailto:at-l-bounces at backcountry.net]
On Behalf Of Tenacious Tanasi
Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2010 11:30 AM
To: AT-L
Subject: [at-l] Hiking Plans for September?


The weather is really getting nice here.  We've been getting out in the
evenings and walking, and taking dips in the hot tub early of the
morning.  Our bikes have come back out and stay on the back of the truck
as well as packs in the back seat for spur of the moment decisions to
get out and about.


It's getting closer to that time... time to get back out on the trails.
I'm so very happy that it isn't quite so danged HOT any more.  And, with
Earl moving into the neighborhood for a few days maybe he'll leave some
cooler weather behind.  (Just trying to think of a positive for what's
getting ready to hit North Carolina.)


This weekend we're headed up to camp on some private property of some
friends of ours that live along the French Broad.  We're gonna hit a few
trails up in that neighborhood and ride our bikes.  I'm really excited
about going... drama with the children just lingers and I'll gladly
welcome a stay in the outdoors to recharge, rejuvenate, and heal for a
little while.


We've been buying up some gear and are getting better prepared to hike
as a couple.  Michael now has a new REI Flash 65 pack.  I still carry my
Equinox Katahdin pack.  With us hiking together I really don't need a
big pack...though the Katahdin is so light weight that I can just
scrunch it down and it still weighs less than most other packs.  :)


We opted for a Marmot Limelight 3 as our shelter which we'll divide to
carry.  It's long enough for his tall frame, is free standing, and ease
of setup is a snap...and we got a sweet deal on it.  


Michael also now has better clothing which no longer involves anything
cotton nor military.  :))  He has a couple of Hardwear shirts and
convertible pants now.  He lost his floppy hat in the river at the end
of July so we still have to replace that.  lol  He has Teva's which he's
totally fallen in love with.  He also has a new set of Merrell's that on
a short hike were like walking on air he reported (was so glad to see
him come out of his combat boots for hiking!  lol).  


I'm looking at replacing my current kitchen set with the Caldera Cone
set that TinMan has.  I think that with converting to freezer bag
cooking is going to make meal times quicker and cleaner.  I've been
giving him lessons on being creative with food from gas stations and
grocery stores as well as what is good out on the trail.  


He wants a water treatment system...which I have never used.  So, we've
been looking at all of the options.  I don't think he'll have the
patience to filter or wait for water to be chemically treated... so this
should prove interesting on what the final decision will be.


So, what are your hiking plans for September?  And, what are you doing
to get ready?  :)

Tenacious Tanasi 


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