Just when I think I'm starting to get back into the regular hiking (and blogging) swing of things, Mother Nature decides to get a little witchy and throws 12+ inches of snow our way. Last week starting Monday night, we had some snow. It was quite a shock to the system after experiencing 60-70 degree days. I mean, I even had the heat off and the windows open several days. Then WHAM! (not the band) a crap ton of snow (yes, crap ton is an official measurement).
So yesterday when my mom suggested a short hike, I went. It was sunny and in the 40's, so we headed to nearby Gettysburg National Military Park to "hike". We actually ended up walking along a seldom used road near historic Sach's Covered Bridge that crosses another historic bridge to another seldom used road that winds through some farmland. We had our hiking poles put neither of us took our packs. It was more about being outside and moving those muscles.
Our next big adventure is the end of next month, so getting prepared is a necessity. We'll only be doing an overnight, so I'm hoping that means less weight and no issues for me. I'm planning to really get my workouts started at home on the treadmill, and I'd like to hike each weekend with my pack to prepare.
In my spare time, I've been fostering rescue dogs for a local dog rescue. I've successfully fostered 2 and had both adopted. I get my third one in the near future. I'm secretly hoping I find one that makes an excellent hiking companion. I have a good vibe about the one I'll be getting, so I plan to take him out for some test hikes.
In the meantime, I'm working out the packing list for my trip and trying to decide what to take and what to leave. I'm also wondering what the heck to purchase with this year's REI dividend. Between the dividend and the snow, it's almost like Christmas!