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> sloe, thanks for reinforcing what i already felt in my heart
> about my safety on the trail. i'm not *afraid*, never really
was, but after lugging Paul around all by myself in Glacier NP
for a day, i realize that traveling alone with a baby is just
plain HARD. having another adult with me, even if they have a
baby too, will make things immensely easier. i'll let everybody
know how it goes! -e
1) You're very welcome.
2) Don't forget that, for as much as we observe ferociously fast
change in our children (but hmmmm, not in our selves. curious),
you *will* have another chance at going out whilst Paul is
3) Going out with kids (let's remember folks) truely *is* not
just a walk in the park -- I found out this year, backpacking
the Appalachian Trail [in UNseasonable heat!] from Vermont into
the Whites of New Hampshire. *Tough* trail, 160 miles I think.
"slideshow" -- not my pics, but REALLY nice, and done just a
month before... In unrelenting sun, no breeze, low water, ....
My kids are Tough! Long Trail "End-to-End"ers! At age 7!!!
They're 8 now! should be a cinch......
But the BIGGEST difference between last year (which was a
BREEZE) and this was that last year we were able to "train" --
to practice, drill, discover soft spots to finesse around, all
that sort of thing. This year it was (unavoidably) "Ready! GO!"
and even though they were a year older, stuffing bags and
bivies, tying boots, getting water, keeping clean -- Alllll that
sort of stuff, was somehow *harder*, even though the boys are a
year older. [BIG CAUTION: DO NOT think that once you teach your
kids something -- as simple as how to stuff a bag or to properly
pack their pack -- that they will never have to relearn such
knowledge FROM SCRATCH again. Like staying away from the light
socket, expect to reteach it again and again and again.
Patience. Don't be disappointed: you did a great job the first
time. Keep it up.] So, the REAL point is, if you can do
"homework" before you go, like "Let's pretend it's raining and
see how fast can we pack up!" exercises, the trip goes LOTS
easier; but even if you DO those things, expect to REdo them
next year, too. Or take it slower. Or go, by Jingo, with a
And 4thly) While Paul (or any of our youngsters) is small, as
yourself the question before you go on a trip: "If I were to
fall, twist an ankle, and incapacitate myself for 72 hours,
would my *child* survive?" As adults, we carry much more reserve
in energy, temperature and hydration than our small people, and
while 72 hours on your back waiting for a rescue might not be
real comfy, when push comes to shove we could do it. Laying
down, for goodness' sake. But if you were unable to get water,
have you trundled off so far that your small person's life would
be endangered? A question, that.
So yeah I'm trying to get a trip report together. Phew! Trying
to buy a computer so I can relax and do it at home. Scanned 35mm
pictures at 1hourphoto place -- WHAT a waste of money. Looking
forward to getting a Kodak LS420 digital camera for next time,
hoo yeah boy.
Yeah, so, keep it up, M!
Spatior! Nitor! Nitor! Tempero!
Pro Pondera Et Meliora.
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