Which way is Maine, Dad? Can I go too?

Scout was ready. He heard the harness come out of the drawer and was all over me. He has been my hiking/training partner helping me try to get my “older” body into reasonable shape to take on the Appalachian Trail. Sadly, little Scout will not be joining me on March 21st when I sign in at Springer Mountain and try not to make too big of a fool of myself.

We did an out/overnight and return this weekend to the Allentown shelter on the AT. Scout helped pull me up the hills and investigated the blowing leaves and the critical caws of the local crows as we passed underneath. It was unusually warm this weekend and the Enlightened quilt was quite toasty even though the temperatures only dropped into the 40’s overnight. Well worth the investment. Also, the Thermarest pad was very comfortable. I didn’t spend a lot of money on my kit but the quilt and pad were the exceptions. Sleep is so very important to the next day’s stamina, both physical and mental.

So Scout will stay at home and help Mom fill and send the rescue boxes. I guess I’ll have to get up those Georgia hills all by myself until my hiker legs kick in. They will, won’t they?