Thank you for joining in on the discussion on my last post. It was great to hear your thoughts and perspectives!
Now, let’s lighten it up a bit and go back packing! Okay-you can just live vicariously through my blog and your living room for the time being.
El Guapo and I celebrated our 15th anniversary this year by going on a three-day (two night) back packing trip. It was really an amazing time-even with the sore muscles (and bones!) and blisters. Being in God’s creation, away from EVERYTHING and soaking up each other’s company was an opportunity I will look forward to doing again and again with this man. The last time we’d gone “packing” was when S was 6 months old and strapped to the front of El Guapo in a snugli. She’s 11 now. Whoa! Needless to say-11-year old dehydrated pinto beans have a very long shelf life-and still satisfy weary hikers after a long day!
For those of you who aren’t sure what “backpacking” is: It’s like camping but you carry everything in your backpack. We parked and strapped on our packs for the eight mile hike up and into the mountains, camped for two nights and then hiked out. Our packs weighed 45lbs (me) and 55lbs(El Guapo). We packed too much food for the trip-so these were heavier than they should’ve been.
We hiked into the Indian Peaks Wilderness area, specifically eight miles to Gibraltar Lake. We were the only ones on the mountain (we saw lots of people heading up but none went all the way to the area we were in). We had the entire mountain(s) to ourselves! Here are the photos to prove it (some of these are on facebook-sorry if you’ve seen them already).
*Note: If you click on one of the photos it will open up a slideshow-type view. You should be able to click-through the photos that way using the arrows on the right and left-they are bigger this way, too : )