I'm a web developer/sysadmin/host (NERD TRIPLE THREAT!) and this is my attempt to write about...leaving the house. Sometimes. Like, to go backpacking. And take some pictures. And justify spending the money on all the gear WHY SO MUCH?!?
Feel free to write and complain.
i was never an athletic child. to be quite honest, i am not an athletic adult, either. sure, i like walking in the woods with a backpack for miles on end but that doesn't really feel like any physical feat of note. not really. i recall not wanting to do the rope climb in gym class because, like algebra, when was i ever gonna need to use this
ok. fine. this is fine.
i didn't even really burn my hands that much. sandy grit, my fat ass and friction no problem. glad that's done one and done as they say wait what how many more SIX MORE dammit this better be worth it.
the worst part of this is probably having to leave.
boy howdy, did i luck out. i was only technically homeless for a few hours, but still. TRAUMA, AMIRITE
south beach is a first-come, first-served seasonal campground on a bluff overlooking a beautiful ocean beach that i just happened by while trying to figure out where i was gonna stay for the next few nights. being seasonal, this meant the site would close for the winter in just a few days. don't want to be out in the open during storm surge, after all.
fortunately i arrived early enough to snag a sheltered spot in the cleft of a wooded hillside.
i even managed to set up my tent properly so i didn't get rained on by my own breathy condensation. and i didn't have to fight a raccoon. and i only lost one bag of chips to a raven. it was the perfect place to rest and regroup and walk and explore.
the big driver for why i chose to try to climb a mountain and see a glacier was to see something that won't be around much longer. to witness it with my own eyes and through my own efforts. but since my said efforts were sorely lacking, i decided to take a different tack and head towards a new, even-more-precarious-and-endangered goal: to see the tree of life.
now it was time to move on, and continue my planned trip along the south coast wilderness. which would prove to be much harder and more treacherous than anything i had previously encountered.
while this wasn't the experience i expected, it was the experience i had.