Just 19 days until I start hiking for real. I dreamed the other night that a Bengal Tiger was terrorizing hikers in southern California, while my mom apparently dreamed that I had shrunk to two inches tall and was drowning in a bowl of water. Sure hope neither of those happen this summer, makes a late-season blizzard seem trivial by comparison!
As departure approaches, I continue to buy more gear and hike local trails to get in shape. This week I circumnavigated Fern Ridge Reservoir on foot (22 miles), “yoyo’d” Eugene’s Ridgeline Trail the next day (17.5 miles), and continued to get out every morning with my pack. Gotta toughen up… I think my butt muscles are getting bigger.