My weekend consisted of freeze dried meals, snowy trails, pitched tents, and stunning mountain views. This summer, I get the incredible opportunity to go backpacking with a crew in New Mexico for about 2 weeks. Over the weekend, I got to go on a training hike with some people my future Philmont crew, and it was a blast!
The first day was mostly uphill, but we made good time, and enjoyed the trail time and getting to know each other more as a crew. The trails were snowier than I expected and having snow to hike in was super fun, but we also had some hail and rain while we backpacked, which made for an interesting hike, and some cold and damp backpackers. Even though this could've been a big downside, we muscled through and had a lot of fun joking around and working to get to our campsite. We got to our campsite after putting in some good mileage, and made sure to set up tents, bear bags, and a tarp to eat under. We also took a trip down the hill to get some water from the stream to filter and purify. Then, the rain started. It was a downpour, but we had gotten some dinner started under the tarp, which was a sweet moment for me because it was cool to focus on simplicity, smushed together with people like me who love the outdoors, and lemme tell ya warm food never tasted so good. PS. freeze dried hiker food is my jam- I get too excited about it when I go backpacking.
That night, it took awhile to get warm (especially my toes which I couldn't feel), but once I warmed up it felt so good! I felt like I was thawing out, and when I was at the perfect warm temperature, it was such a blessing. It was also super foggy the whole first day and really rainy that night, and when we woke up, the skies were clear and blue and the views were beautiful.
The second day we got up and grabbed some hot oatmeal (yum), packed up camp, and headed out on the trail. Sunday's hike was definitely more chill, and more of a downhill hike. It was also fun to see some more pretty views since day one was so foggy. Day two was filled with the beauty of silence only the woods can create and beauty only a mountain range can pull off.
Overall, the backpacking trip was so fun, and was a great way to spend my weekend. When I'm in the outdoors, I definitely feel like my happiest self, and getting opportunities to spend more and more time outside is a true blessing. I was so happy to take this weekend to connect with my crew, connect with mother nature, and reconnect with myself, and enjoy the heck out of the outdoors. It also helped me focus back in on the greatness of simplicity, and the blessings I have in life that are easy to take for granted. This weekend trip definitely created a lot of great memories, and I'm grateful for each one of them.