Backpacking was been on my Bucket List for many years. As time passed by I wondered when I would have the time to learn about backpacking and most importantly find an expert to take me to the outdoors. Most people do their first backpacking experience in their teens or younger, others in their early adulthood. Here I am an adventurer at heart but I am no spring chicken.
I considered going on a REI backpacking group tour but didn’t feel comfortable going with a bunch of strangers. Especially since I would most likely hold the group back due to lack of conditioning. I also didn’t have the gear and I knew it would be a lot of money. So the years went by and I just kept my dream of backpacking that one day I would backpack. My dream came true a few days ago. I was guided by a special person who has been backpacking for most of his life.
I bought my gear which took a good chunk out of my tax refund. I went to REI and bought everything needed. Thanks to my mountain man the trip was planned and all I needed to do is condition and pack my backpack.
The problem is that I love the outdoors but I am too lazy to exercise. In preparation for the backpacking trip I only walked 30 minutes per day for 4 days. When it came to packing I wanted to pack everything just on case I needed it. In normal city trips I pack everything including the kitchen sink, this time I was restricted.
I had many concerns about the trip but once I was outdoors all those concerns went away. I carrying my heavy pack for 23.3 miles in the Point Reyes National Seashore. I had good days and bad days but overall the hard work and sweat gave me new appreciation and a sense of calmness that I had no felt before. Stay tune for a more detail blog of my backpacking trip.