We also love leaving Eli with the grandparents and hitting the trail without child. This past weekend, we did just that and spent four days/three nights out on a 30-mile hike through the Bighorn mountains of Wyoming.
If you’re wondering whether you’d enjoy a trip like this, ask yourself if any of the following sound fun…
- Carrying a 35-45 lb. backpack over varied terrain at 9000 feet and higher
- Losing count of how many mosquito bites you have all over your body
- Developing blisters on your feet and taping them up each day to continue hiking
- Eating only meals that you can add water to and only snacks that come out of a mylar wrapper
- Getting dirty, very sweaty and somewhat stinky
- Sleeping on the ground in a tent
- Seeing a total of 8 other people over four days
- Pumping mountain water to drink
- Not using your smart phone or laptop
- Having a moose cross the trail twenty feet in front of you
- Navigating stream and snowfield crossings
- Summitting a 13,000-foot peak consisting mostly of boulder fields
I happen to love all of the above.
(Well, not the mosquito bites so much, but I did find myself working on my inner calm as they buzzed away all around me. Seriously. You try staying sane with a cloud of mosquitoes hovering and trying to eat you for lunch. It was difficult.)
(I also don’t really love the blister. But that’s what I get for experimenting with running socks on the trail.)
Here’s what the blood, sweat & tears got us…
And lest you think that everything was gorgeous up in the mountains, I present you with a little something we found at our second campsite…
Yes, it’s a dirty thong. No, it’s not mine.
But it just goes to show you how much fun one can have backpacking.