Kern River Campout
The Mr. and I took a few days off this week to get back to nature in the form of a backpacking trip. And with California as our playground, we had plenty of locations to choose from. We planned to hike through Golden Trout Wilderness within the Sequoia National Forest, however, we had to start our backpacking trip ten miles further from where we originally intended to due to road closures.
Covering 12 miles of rough terrain with 45 pound packs and drastic changes in temperature from day to night, our hike along the Kern River with Duke and Dutch was certainly an unforgettable experience. Yes, I am sore in places I have never been sore before. And yes, we lost weight although we kept plenty hydrated - 4 pounds each in 48 hours to be exact. Additionally, we had to cut our excursion short by two days because the dogs both wore their paw pads through to the point of causing them pain and distress while walking. Unfortunately, the paw protector that we applied for this trip did not do a sufficient job, so we had to hike out early and now we're recovering at home. Mishaps aside, it was still a great experience with the Mr., Duke and Dutch that I would do again in a heartbeat (with two sets of dog boots next time).
The scenery and peace I experienced during our camping trip was captivating to say the least. Out in the wilderness with the ones you love, spending quality time together while completely disconnected from the rest of the world is something everyone should experience in my opinion. Viewing countless stars in the night sky took my breath away. Eating chili, cuddling up with my hubby and smelling of campfire smoke warmed my heart. And watching our dogs explore nature in its rawest form overjoyed my soul.
Until next time...