When opportunity comes knocking at your door, what do you? Do you open the door or turn away? The choice is yours. Personally, I would never turn opportunity down. Its good to be open minded towards opportunity and new things. You may become a newly profound person from a new experience. I have found that trying new things has made me a happier person. Let me tell you about my first ever backpacking trip along the Appalachian Trail. (One of many backpacking trips i will undertake)
First, let me introduce you to one of my best friends Ian Reid. This is the my guy, we have been through a ton of adventures together and have made some good memories. Ill more than likely mention him in my other posts. This is Ian, also known as Hoo mai gat.
My father was a Pathfinder leader at my church, and in order for the kids to earn a certain badge, he had to take them on a backpacking trip. Knowing my father, he wouldn’t leave me out, so he took me along with him and I took Ian as my plus one. Ian’s dad came with us too. Turns out, none of the kids in my dad’s Pathfinder group came with us, their parents wouldn’t let them. It was too “intense”, little did i know that it was going to be. Ian and I at first were pretty bummed, it was around Halloween and we did not get to go to the Halloween parties like all the other kids our age.
We had breakfast at the Reid’s, then we set of on our adventure. The drive was about four or five hours long, we took the time to stop and see the Natural Bridge along the way. Which was BEAUTIFUL. George Washington signed it apparently, we didn’t get to see his initials. (lame)
Ian described this beautiful place as organic, which is correct in some way.
Once we finished admiring mother nature’s creation we continued our journey. The rest of the drive was beautiful country roads of Virginia. We stopped by overlooks along the way. I wish I brought a better camera so i could’ve captured the true beauty of these overlooks, but i did my best. The colors of the leaves were gorgeous too.
If you’re curious as to what he is holding, its my ukulele. We are musicians.
Once we arrived at our destination, we strapped our bags to our backs like we were ninja turtles and we started hiking. Being the person I was I thought it was going to be easy, I soon replaced the word easy with hard after walking ten steps with a 25 lb pack on my back. (it wasn’t that bad) We hiked a total of 2 miles till we got the first camping grounds, we arrived with about an hour and a half left of daylight. We set up our tents and.. wait a minute. THEY set up their tents, i recently bought a hammock and said i would sleep in my hammock (not a good idea). We got water, set everything up, then we had dinner
Never trust two Asian kids to hang a bear bag. It took Ian and I 30 minutes to hang it, Ian’s dad came out of the cut and did it in less than five. That was our first L of the trip.
We woke up hella early, packed our bags, ate breakfast and set off to the next campground. I thought it was going to be a quick hike, I was wrong. We hiked 12 miles that day and I was not prepared. I never found the perfect walking stick and i lost my favorite knife. The beautiful over looks and lunch made up for it. I also got to take a little nap in my hammock during a 30 minute break. Once we got to the next campsite I set my hammock over a stream and fell asleep stargazing to the sound of rushing water.
The next morning we took our sweet time. We were all really sore from the day before, my dad had a bad blister on his foot, Ian’s dad had accidentally burnt his foot by spilling boiling water, then Ian and i just ate the rest of the food that morning so we didnt have to carry it. Once we packed everything up, we started hiking. The rest of the hike was about 3 miles. Not too shabby.
By the time we got to the James River we were all happy because we could see our car across the river.
By the time we got to the foot bridge we were even happier.. I don’t know if you can tell or not but Ian and I were really happy.
I don’t think I realized how tired i was until I got behind the wheel..
So why did I tell you all of this? I told you this because I DID NOT want to go on this trip, i thought it was going to be awful and miserable (some parts of the trip was I wont lie). I wanted to stay at home in NOVA with my friends and go to a Halloween party. I’m sure Ian did too. But we did something better and went backpacking, turns out I love backpacking. It makes you physically fit, you get to see beautiful scenery, spend some quality time with family and friends. I am glad I forced myself to go, it was a big learning experience. I highly encourage being open minded to trying new things, it will make you a happier person like it did to me.
Thanks for taking me backpacking dad, love you.