It may have been a while since my last post but trust me, I have had some adventures. My personal philosophy has always been ‘use it or lose it’. I may move slower, and perhaps not go as far but I keep going. A year ago I was writing about exploring abandoned theme parks, first-time solo backpacking (notice the bra hanging from the hammock strap), cutting out sugar (its own adventure to be sure). Since then I have winter camped, snow-shoed around a NH lake, built or bought all manner of portable backcountry stoves,
accomplished some outdoor open flame cooking,
kayaked the rivers and ponds nearest to where I live,
found new conservation land behind my house to explore and practice bushcraft, harvested a birch burl
and carved my own kuksa (look it up),
and spent the night in a ghost town (more abandoned than ghost).
I only feel in marginally better shape in a year. That’s most likely due to the fact that I’ve gained back some weight, and not adhered to a sugar-free diet. My physical activity, and thereby my strength has increased so I am able to do more. I am very conscious of my diet. I don’t make any processed foods, watch my salt, buy locally-grown produce and meats most of the time. If I could only remain strict with myself on eating the right foods ALL the time. As I get older I know I make more allowances for being laxed in those habits. What the hell, I think, yolo, right? Ok, so I’m still overweight, a year older, but in much better shape than last year. I can now carry a 35lb backpack if the trail is relatively flat.
This is my typical gear loadout for an overnight. Now onto the next adventour!