|Susan's house because PCT-prep central. Renee and I repair gear, while Susan dehydrates meals.|
|Extra wide tall gaiters so they are sun-protective, breezy, and completely dorky.|
|Fashion photo shoot of the PCT So.Cal. "outfit"|
You might notice that I decided to go with a long sleeved shirt, rather than my short sleeved shirt plus arm sleeves that I normally wear in the southeast. I'd been debating about this previously, and ended up buying a new Railrider's shirt since I saw how Renee's kept her so cool on the southwest tour. The arm sleeves were just too hot. I am also starting in a skirt, but will put the railrider pants in my bounce box in case I want to switch.
Other last-minute gear changes have also saved me a few ounces. Polycro ground cloth from Gossamer Gear instead of tyvek. New tree straps from Dutchware (thank you Dutch!). Lifeproof fre iphone case instead of an otterbox. Only one bandana, only one pair of underwear, only one set of gloves (unless you count the sun wristies).
Speaking of gear, a huge thank you to Randy of Dream Hammocks for replacing the continuous loops on my Darien UL hammock! And thank you so much to Renee for hand carrying my hammock to the Dream Hammock World Headquarters (i.e. Randy’s basement workshop) while she was in Ohio so my hammock would have no chance of getting lost in the mail. I’m so fortunate to have a hiking partner that understands, or at least accepts, my hammock-obsession.
The week wasn't just about gear and clothes. I also attended one last "Nature Ramble" at the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia in Athens. My friend Sandra from the lab and I have been going for the past year. Once a week, botanists and nature enthusiasts walk around the trails through the woods learning about the natural history of our local forests. It's wonderful being around the amazing people in the group- mostly retired- highly inquisitive and thoughtful- people I want to be like. Going rambling always reminds me of the importance of being observant and treasuring the nature that is around you. Joining the Ramblers has been one of the highlights of this past year, and I will miss them for sure.
|Looking at flowers with the Nature Ramblers.|
|Last training hike with the tire chains.|
|Dropping my car off at Brenda's.|