Post by Silly Chili
So I know everyone is dying to know how my solo adventure went, so per request of Rockin’ I have agreed to share some details about my time on the trail. In short, I had a wonderful time. It was great getting to spend a little time hiking my own hike so to speak. I got to hike at my own pace and stop whenever I wanted (which in my case was hardly ever). The terrain was pretty mild and most of the hike was in trees, so I was really able to just cruise down the trail. Developing a custom Silly Chili hiking system was pretty fun. On tuesday I was able to hike 38 miles, which made me feel pretty accomplished. However, most of the reason for the high mileage was because of the lack of water sources. Once I ran out of water I had no choice but to just keep walking till I found some… that made for somewhat of a dramatic afternoon. I did make it to water that night, and had no problem drinking a whole 2 liters once I had spent a painfully long time filtering it (Wired’s water filter is not very high functioning). It wasn’t until the morning that I realized I had camped only about 100 yards shy of a soda cash…dang. In regards to camping, I loved how uncomplicated it was to end a day and find a campsite. Finding a spot for one tent is much simpler than finding spots for three. I could also hike as long as I wanted (usually 7-7:30). I still woke up early (4:30ish) because one of my favorite things about being on the trail is experiencing the morning. I love the sunrise, and seeing it while hiking always make it feel earned. I also hike fastest in the morning. I just wish it wasn’t cold as %#*!
So you all will be happy to know that I am alive and well. Solo hiking was a blast. I will actually be starting this next week solo again as well. The rest of the group will be leaving a whole day ahead of me, but I will hopefully be able to catch them within a few days.