Pack Mules

Rice Field Shelter

I started laughing out loud on our hike out of Pearisburg this morning. My pack was so heavy coming out of town that got to thinking that I look like one of those pack mules that they use in the Grand Canyon. We are moving at about the same pace and smell very similar.

My Grand Canyon pack mule cousins

The climbs out of town were steep and not very scenic as we came around a large chemical factory and past a decommissioned landfill. For most of the day we were just hauling our food and shelter to better places.

This is what we hiked for!

We ran into two more thru hikers that we hadn’t met before and that felt good to have some more company on the Trail. It wasn’t long before we popped out on top of our climb along a beautiful long ridge line that looks out over the valleys and farms on both sides. We set up tents on a nice open field and made a big fire. The temperature is dropping fast and there is another chance of snow.

My new friend

The smartest thing I did in town was buy a bottle of Sriracha hot sauce. I used it for all three meals today and it really tastes great with the food that I am already loving. I am finally getting pretty comfortable with a heavier pack and have started to branch out with a few luxury items. The tiniest changes can add so much happiness on the Trail. I even splurged for sugar packets for my coffee. Ooooohhhhh.

4 thoughts on “Pack Mules

  1. What you need is Aunt B’s salsa made with home grown tomatoes,but a mason jar would be hard to pack. Good luck with the snow and great hikeing.

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      1. You are one handsome pack mule and very humorous as well. So love your descriptions of all that you see and do. Hope the snow is light and brief. Have a strong hike today. Your pack must be getting a little lighter with all your food consumption. Much love

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  2. You are one handsome pack mule and very humorous as well. So love your descriptions of all that you see and do. Hope the snow is light and brief. Have a strong hike today. Your pack must be getting a little lighter with all your food consumption. Much love

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