It is with a heavy heart that I write this post because I am just not feeling it right now but that is also a clear indication that I need to do this. So I took photos and decided to re-spark my interest.
As usual an idea grew into a dream and then a plan.
As I previously posted, I had a tenative plan for Waumbek Sunday. I was able to speak to the coordinator on Friday and she decided I should be fine for the hike but now there was an issue with Leadership. Her co-leader got injured. She is working on another leader through AMC and asked when I was headed up. I explained that I was looking at a bunk in a Hostel to avoid a 3am departure from the Cape. Great News!! She was planning on staying up North as well so if she couldn't do an AMC sanctioned trip "maybe we would meet at the trail Sunday morning."
BOOM, Solo Woman Hikers unite. She informed me that she first became a member of the AMC because her family was worried about her hiking alone........sound familiar?
I was originally looking at staying at the bunkhouse at the Highland Center but because I waited so late they soon only had 1 night available and if I planned it right I could be there both Friday and Saturday night. I wasn't paying $80 a night for a shared bunk room in the Highland Center either. I ended up getting a bunk at the Hostel in Woodstock that I had stayed at previously.
What happens when you have a place to lay your head?
You get to working on where you are going to put your boots?
I originally had thought about the Willey, Field, Tom group but without a plan for a shuttle it was a 3 mile road walk back or an out and back. To many miles for this girl on a short day. This plan was also based on staying at the Highland Center.
I decided to try the Osceola's instead as I can bag 2 peaks and try out the "chimney" It looks like a fun little rock scramble between peaks. I also see another AMC group is hiking it from the same direction that I am. I love being solo but I feel good knowing they will be out there with well trained leaders.
To get all the bang for my buck, I printed a quick hike that I drive by on the way up. It will let me check off another 4000 footer and if I choose I can take one of the Waterville Valley Ski trails back to the parking lot to make my loop.
This all sounds a little ambitious I know but I will say that after this week I am totally okay with throwing everything in the toilet and finding a place to read a book in the rain.
I decided to lay it all out yesterday. Pardon me for the mess and I think I cropped out all the panties. I got my pack fitted at REI last week so after loading it I tucked the girls in bed wearing it. I am hoping these changes will help the shoulders this time as due to weather I am carrying a heavier load and there isn't any water or fresh food in it yet.
I also packed my second bag with clothes for the weekend. It is supposed to rain all weekend so extra fluffy socks and dry clothes are necessary.
Pretty sure I am all set.