WARNING: This is technically not a bike related post but it is the reason I missed the Friday-Happy-Hour-and-Micro-Brew-Taste-Test ride and it does include a back woods rope swing so hoping nobody will be too offended...
The girls are amazing.
On this weekend we opened a new chapter in our long-running father-daughter adventure series. We've done a decade of of car and cabin camping since they were five years old. We've sailed the Chesapeake in our own bareboat flotilla, and we even did a weekend canoe camping trip down the Delaware. But this would be a Father's Day version featuring backpacking, our most primitive adventure yet. We chose the Appalachian Trail north of Reading for our trip. We were told this was some of the rockiest and difficult terrain on the entire 1,200 mile AT. How would the girls handle the hiking with 15-20 lbs of gear on their backs? Drinking water would have to be filtered from mountain springs. Digging their own latrines when they were kids would have been a novelty, how how would four teenage girls take to it?
Well in short they tore it up. There should never have been any doubt, they have always risen to the challenge. And the challenge started before we had even strapped on the backpacks. We were at the trail head, cutting walking sticks and scoping out the trail entrance when the sole of Emily's hiking boot delaminated. Completely. A tube of 5 minute epoxy, a roll of duct take, and 30 minutes later we were on our way with fingers crossed.
At the first trail junction, we handed the girls a compass put them in charge. They never looked back and led the way, Dads sweeping, for the entire two days of hiking.
|Sara showing how it is done. That|
water is wicked cold (spring fed).
|PJs around the campfire, it doesn't|
get any better than this!
|The Tribe before breaking camp|
|Boulder field. About a mile of this|
ankle busting terrain on day two...
|...but yet they keep laughing, smiling,|
and hiking. They are amazing.
|Rt 501 and Success!|
|Sara working on her free|
The Luckiest Dad on the Planet,