Monday, September 20, 2010

Henry Coe

I love this state park. Backpacking doesn't require a reservation or set schedule, no developed campsites, not even any potable water, and only $5 per person per night. Even on the weekends you can find ponds with no one else there. The hills of hay, heather, and those sticky plants with the tiny yellow flowers mix into one amazing smell when the breeze picks it up and brings it to your ridge. And no mosquitoes!

Nothing like a few nights in solitude in nature to recharge your batteries.

I accidentally discovered the secret to hiking boots, too. Get them half a size too big so your toes have plenty of wiggle room, and just lace them extra tight so they're still solid. Didn't get a single blister in four days of hiking.

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