Well, this morning has been a bittersweet morning. Today is the day our son left for his Trek thru the Appalachian Mountain Trail. We are very happy and excited for him, because he is so excited about doing this and has been planning and reading about it for 4 months now, but of course we will miss him and of course, are concerned about his safety.
I have to say I am very impressed with what an amazing job he has done on the planning and execution of everything. Anything my husband and I or anyone would ask him about, did you think of this or do you have this or that item, the answer was always yes, I do. We asked because we know how easy it is to forget something when we are just packing for a weekend getaway, let alone a wilderness journey, where there is no where to buy anything most of the time. That is a scary thought to me, but I can't dwell upon it!!
My son is very capable and very ingenious about coming up with ways to do things, and ways to improvise, he gets that from his Dad and his Grampa's, and me too, I think!! Well, he was up and out by 7:30 a.m. and on the way to the airport with his daddy. I am so grateful my hubby took him, he had asked me, but I just didn't want to deal with it, I knew it would be hard to watch his lil dog have to go in that tiny cage, and I am a crier by nature, so thought it would be best for him and I, if daddy took him. I didn't want to literally rain on his parade, if you get my drift. I wanted to be excited for him, and I was........even if it was smilin' a bit thru a few tears, he knows me!! what more can I say, he would probably think there was something wrong with me, if I didn't shed a few tears cause you see I cry whether I am happy or sad.
He made tons of preparations, dehydrating all sorts of foods, putting food packets together,even made his own trail mix, and it is the best I have ever eaten, I might add. It has dehydrated strawberries, bananas, apples, and raisens with nuts and coconut and granola with a tinge of cinammon flavor to it, not additives of any kind. I told him he should see if he could sell it when he gets back, because it is seriously some of the best stuff I have ever seen, rather eaten!!
Here are some of his food packets he put together.
Here he is with backpack and the dog carrier,this is my daughter's dog, Rosie, she only weights 8 pds, Joey weights 12 pds, but Rosie happened to be handy at the time. Unfortunately, it didn't work well for Joey sitting in it cause she is a lil longer than Rosie, so we had to reconifigure it some as you will see. Also, picture this backpack sticking out about 3-4 more inches, and about4-5" over the top of his head, it was about even with his head here. It weights over 40Pds, probably close to 45 pds. I would bet!!
We made it like a sling, so it goes around his neck
So then he tried baby socks and you know he used the handymans
We had just the two straps across her but then had
Doesn't she look stylish in her black and white. She is a trooper I am telling you!!
Here she is working for my hubby, while he takes a coffee break!