Cool hiking-related stuff I did in summers past:
- 2007: Tagged along on 4WheelBob’s White Mountain conquest
- 2006: Vacationed at Zion/Bryce/Grand Canyon in Southern Utah.
Took Steve Sergeant’s lightweight backpacking course.
- 2005: Vacationed at Yosemite.
I slept on an actual bed every every night in the summer of 2008 and barely got out of the Bay Area. I had four weeks of vacation and couldn’t find time to squeeze in a single camp-out. Upside: nobody had to pretend they were impressed with tales of my outdoor exploits. Didn’t have any.
Lessons/memories/conclusions now that it’s all over:
- Hearing the distant train whistle from the Roaring Camp Railroads from deep in the eastern half of Wilder Ranch State Park is just plain cool.
- Also just plain cool: Walking through groves of essentially newborn redwoods already towering skyward at Pescadero Creek County Park.
- Making little movies of your hikes is not that hard — the video function on your digital camera and some video editing software is all you really need. String together a bunch of short clips, edit out the boring/too-shaky parts and whammo: you’re in showbiz.
- If you find people you like hiking with, find a way to do it. Life keeps intervening on me and preventing this from happening.
- If you’re thinking, “by God I need to spend a week backpacking in the High Sierra,” find a way to commit yourself to doing it. I spent this year thinking maybe I’d get around to it and never did.
What about the rest of you? Any insights to be gleaned from your summer adventures?