Another month has come and gone and the year is now more than half over (and my hiking season is getting close to that too!). Time to play catch up with all you guys and let you know what is going on in our neck of the woods. So, grab a cup of your favorite morning beverage and let's have our coffee date!
If we were having coffee… I’d tell you: that June was a great month for me. I was able to get back into running a bit and I've proven to myself that I haven't lost my fitness level too much! Since I started seeing a chiropractor back in April I've really cut back on running to allow my body to heal after my marathon season. I'm finally back to feeling great with very minimal pain.
If we were having coffee… I’d tell you: I didn't have much time to focus on myself last month, however. I led a lot of trips, some of which were added to my schedule last minute. I got to run one of my AT Shakedown trips and that was such a blast! I love seeing former clients go to the next level of backpacking. I was so proud to see how much she had accomplished.
If we were having coffee… I’d tell you: our vacation is looking like it unfortunately might be a bust. It looks like, at this time with less than 20 days til go-time, that some parts of the Tahoe Rim Trail are still covered in more than 8 feet of snow. We are going to make a decision soon as to what we might do instead. I'm pretty heartbroken that my planning might be for nothing. While I love working as a guide, I really need some time to get out and hike the way I want to hike.
If we were having coffee… I’d tell you: I've got some new backpacking gear coming in the next few days for said vacation. I finally decided to try a Zpacks Arc Haul and we made the switch from a single walled Tarptent to a double walled Nemo Blaze. The only thing sad about that is my new gear won't be here until after I get back from my final guided trip before our vacation, so I won't get a chance to try it all out under a load of weight.
If we were having coffee… I’d tell you: I'm toying with signing up for my first ever hundo (a 100-mile race) in March next year. The race, the Pistol Ultra, is normally over New Years' weekend, but had to be moved due to the host school's schedule this year. I don't really want to run an ultra in southern spring heat though... decisions, decisions!
While I'm definitely looking forward to a busy July, I'm also really looking forward to some "us time" on vacation. What are your summer plans shaping up to be? Are you planning an epic end-of-summer trip?