|Good-bye Brooklyn! Heading to the hills.|
My city husband is a mountain man at heart. Danny grew up in Utah and literally had some of the most gorgeous mountains in the country in his backyard. Mountains are near and dear to his soul. And he does really miss them here in Brooklyn.
Even though we both really love camping, it turns out that until this weekend trip, we had never done it together! I know, it kind of shocks me! I think it's mostly because here in Brooklyn, time is very limited...and space, too. No camping gear was to be found in this apartment. But we decided to change that.....
Danny did a bunch of research to get us some gear and prepare us for an overnight hike in the Adirondacks (at Lake Colden in the High Peaks area). You should have seen him dancing around the house when the boxes came containing our backpacks, sleeping bags, and all the gear.
After hiking for 7 miles up hill, we found a "lean-to" on the mountain and I took a little nap there (remember our night before? At this point I was so exhausted! :) But Danny was so happy to be there that he couldn't sleep. When I woke up, our camp was set up and he had dinner all ready. He just couldn't wait. :) And, "lean-tos"!!! Guys, they're these cute little huts up in the mountains - you can just stay in them if you'd like. (They don't have these out West.)
Danny made us some delicious hiking dinners from freeze dried food - and he even used boiled river water, purified with iodine tablets. (This all was a first for me! It actually tasted really good.)
Hiking Boots - These things saved me. Wearing tennis shoes on this hike would have been a huge mistake. Luckily I had these boots from like 1997 and I'm so glad they're still around!!!
Pants - OK, skinny jeans are NOT the best idea for hiking :) Because of all the climbing and activity, I realized it's best to have a slightly looser, light weight pair of pants. Also, these pants were a little low fitting and my pack kept pulling them even lower. Oh my. Next time I'll wear pants with a higher waist.
Layers - I scored here. I took a cotton jacket and a super warm polar fleece jacket. This way I could double up, or use either one separately depending on the time of day (or how much I was huffing and puffing up a mountain. :)
And here we have two happy campers reading with little headlamps (Danny thought of everything.)
I can't wait to be in the mountains again with my mountain man. :) :)
And, so curious about everyone. Do you guys live in the country - or in the city- and does your heart pull you elsewhere?