This weekend it was backpacking.
Now, I like backpacking. At least was pretty sure I did when warm weather forecasts and a rare open weekend prompted me to suggest it earlier this week. There are a number of hobbies I have thought I liked more than I do in reality. Many of these are carryovers from college, when new hobbies and interests are introduced rapid fire. Many are carryovers from old boyfriends, or love interests, when new hobbies and interests, no matter how dull, carry an extra sense of allure. I am slowly but surely working out which interests I say I have, I'm actually interested in. Oil painting is fun, but not worth the expensive and stinky supplies (I'm currently trying out oil pastels with positive internal reviews); I could never quite get into the oomph of kick boxing (yoga, please); I do like climbing it, just not as much as a series of men in my life made me think I did (one to two routes is really plenty, I mean it).
|My "Do I like this?" face|
|Tellin those streams who's boss|
But wait, car camping isn't the end all. Backpacking is great too! My brand new backpack (a wedding gift from coworkers) fits like a dream and my impulse buy hiking shoes from Nordstrom Rack over a year ago are oh so waterproof and comfortable. Yes, my feet are sore and I have bruises on my apparently freakishly protruding hip bones where my pack balanced the weight. But oh what a view. And what a moment of peace. This weekend was spot on perfect weather, almost hot enough to jump into a snow-fed lake. We hiked in about 3 miles to Talapus Lake, camped there for the night, spent all day Saturday crossing streams and boulder fields and more snow banks than I would have thought would still be around, returned back to our campsite for the night. Pratt Lake, Ollalie Lake, Island Lake... and beyond (that's high on nature talking). Sunday morning we hiked out with enough time to sleep in, unpack, and give final tweaks to the bitchin' lessons we each gave at church.
|Can't quite see here but Mt. Rainier is in the background|
"Hells yeah I like backpacking!"