A couple of hours later and we were trying on our packs and weighing ourselves. Our packs were both too heavy (although I think I can do 30lbs. no problem. Robin, on the other hand, is one of those gram weenies :P and wasn't going to settle for anything much over 15lbs.). So there we were going through our gear trying to lighten both loads and still have what we needed. I think I eventually got my weight down under 30 pounds and Robin had got her's down to about 18lbs. This is where things went south for the backpacking trip.
As Robin continued to make adjustments it was becoming evident, that the pack wasn't designed to accommodate a 5 month pregnant belly. No matter what Robin did from adjustments, weight reduction, etc. the hip belt was only going to fit around under the baby bump and this caused all the pack weight to rest on her shoulders instead of her hips and we all know that when it comes to wearing packs, it's best that the load be on the hips instead of the shoulders.
It was finally decided that in the best interest of Robin's and baby's well being, that instead of trying to backpack and make due, we would camp in the front country and dayhike all weekend instead. So off to bed we finally went so that we could rest before heading out to Frozen Head State Park in the morning in hopes that a campsite would be available to us.
MSR Pocket Rocket to boil water for Clover's Mountain House Beef Stroganoff and then got our Heater Meals ready for consuming (I had the Pasta Italiana and Robin had the Green Pepper Steak). Meanwhile I set up the Eno Double Nest and relaxed until supper was ready. We all ate our dinners and soon we were sitting around the fire pit relaxing until the night was closing in on us. Before night fall I started up the fire. Luckily we has some small fire starters as it might have been tough to get a fire going otherwise with all the wood being wet from the past week's rains. We sat around the fire relaxing and talking and really enjoying the experience.
Mountain House Granola with Blueberries and Milk meals and Clover ate about a quarter of her Mountain House Lasagna.
We decided to leave the car at the visitor center since that was where we had planned on coming off the loop at. After gearing up, we were on our way for another epic 6+ mile hike to finish out our weekend. It was a tough but wonderful hike and maybe a little disappointing only because we had to change our route half way through it, but that will be saved for the trail report in another post. Regardless, it was indeed a nice hike and a wonderful weekend all around. It's always great and refreshing to spend some time in the woods. You forget about the day to day stuff and unwind. On the trail, all that extra baggage seems to melt away as you focus on the trail and the nature around you. I had been yearning for a backpacking trip and because of that so did Robin. What we got instead was an extra long break in the woods with more time doing what we love than we would have if the pack had fit properly.
So what epic trips, getaways, hikes have you taken this summer?
Tim and Robin
PS... it wasn't until we got home that we realized there is something seriously wrong with the point-and-shoot. Please excuse the unusually poor quality of photos.