It's a new year and here's hoping that we'll be able to spend more time on the trail. 2018 was not so good in that respect. Loonie has completed her physical therapy and is doing much better but neither of us is ready to shoulder a pack and hit the trail. We decided to kick … Continue reading A Fresh Start…
Katadyn's BeFree Filter: Great...but... Deep Woods and I each used a Katadyn BeFree this time around, filtering nearly 40 liters apiece over the course of the trip. Not enough to give a fair evaluation, especially considering that nearly all sources filtered from were clear and gunk-free. No issues whatsoever though. Flow rate was great. Certainly better … Continue reading A Bunch Of Thoughts On Gear After the Spring 2018 Hike
Almost go time. The next time you hear from me it'll likely be from the trail somewhere. Deep Woods and his brother-in-law are just about set. We'll all meet up in Abingdon, VA the night before we make the quick trip to Mt Rogers Outfitters in Damascus to catch our shuttle. The elevation profile for … Continue reading To The Mountains We Go!
I've never carried camp shoes and swore I never would. Personally, I never felt the need to wear anything around camp besides the shoes I hike in. However, we're staying in two different hostels this year and I figured that it would only be proper to do my part in keeping things as clean as … Continue reading Foamy Footwear
Well, yesterday was April 1st and we got a couple of inches of snow. Prior to that, we had rain for days on end. Rain has been coming down today and snow showers are expected by the end of the week. Ughhh. Hopefully all of the crappy weather will be behind us before we hit … Continue reading Things are Heatin’ Up!
A brief update on what's been going on and what we have coming up. No more news as of yet from SLU with respect to the results of the evaluation for DBS. I have an appointment with them next month and I imagine that they'll tell me that physically I'm a candidate but mentally I'm … Continue reading Countin’ The Days…
Regardless of all the "To Be Determined" stuff from my last post, I figured that one way or another I'll still be backpacking. I'm always keeping an eye out for, and mulling over ways to shed ounces off what I'm ultimately having to move up the trail. Naturally, if you're carrying around extra POUNDS of … Continue reading One Filter to Rule Them All?
MRI and consultation with the neurosurgeon at Saint Louis University Hospital to determine if I'm a candidate for DBS have been bumped out to January. For now I'm just doing some research and compiling questions prior to the consultation. As I mentioned in the last post, I have a lot of reservations about moving forward with … Continue reading SERENITY NOW!!!
While waiting for an opportunity to hit the trail again, I’ve been busy redoing things here. A new theme and simplified design. The favorites page, or “Fragrant Droppings”, as well as the accompanying albums have been updated. Don't expect professional quality photos. It's merely our way of keeping track of some interesting places we've been and … Continue reading A Fresh Face…With Some New Bags
Quick update and I'll fill the details in later. Loonie and I wrapped up the 18 mi hike of the Taum Sauk section of the Ozark Trail recently (Highway 21 trail head...6 miles from Taum Sauk State Park...to the Highway N trail head...at the scour). It was INSANELY hot, reaching into the 90's on the … Continue reading Ozark Trail – Taum Sauk Section Hike