Since I last posted, we've moved through what we now know to be the eye of the hurricane and into the other wall. Moving out of a house is never easy, and the fact that our storage unit was 3 hours away over a mountain pass didn't help. We even ended up driving to our house to grab the last of our stuff and clean it out at 3 in the morning. Then without sleeping, drove back down at 9 the next morning. But that's all done now.
The second section of craziness we hit is the massive forest fire west of Fort Collins. We didn't have any direct contact with it thank goodness, but our storage unit with all of our belongings was (and probably still is now) covered in smoke. Our last drop off was made in what could've easily been fog, except for the ash and the smoke. I'm sure by the time we get back our stuff will be fine, but if we were to move it out now there would be a need for a monster amount of Febreeze.
We were able to spend a few days with my parents before heading out, which was great. Jess and I would both personally like to thank them, my sisters and our friends Greg and Susan who all have very generously contributed to the success of our hike and our happiness. We are very lucky to have such great friends and family.
As time moves on now, so do we. We've been on the road since then, travelling north to spend time with Jess's family in the North Woods of Wisconsin. We drove from Longmont to Des Moines in one shot, had our last experience (I'm sure) in a clean chlorinated swimming hole, and completed our drive the next day.
All these things, I've been telling Jess, are preparing us for our hike. Over the past few weeks we've:
- spent more time in the car than we have sleeping
- moved stuff much heavier than our packs, without having nice padded shoulder straps and hip belts
- been sleeping on air mattresses
- eating way too much fast food and junk food (with the massive exception of what our parents have been feeding us)
- been showering just a little more often than we will on the trail
- been thinking about little else than finally starting our adventure, which in turn means stretching our legs and no more TRAFFIC!!!! YAY!!!
We are so close now though. Our flight is Wednesday and we summit Katahdin that next morning. Also, we do have a bunch of pictures to post and emails to answer, but up here we're lucky if we can find even dial-up internet and cell phone reception is even more scarce. Probably another way our universe is preparing us for the trail, but we'll find a way to get them posted I'm sure.