I’m experiencing a bit of anxiety. Tomorrow is the day. It’s been put off, wisely I believe, but there is now a weather window and I’m going to try to climb through it. If I don’t fit, I will shimmy my pansy little behind right back out and either wait longer or take a lower elevation alternate. But I WILL walk to Canada. This year. And I won’t risk my life to do it. I’ve had my time in a helicopter and don’t wish to repeat it. So I’ll go and see the trail for myself tomorrow and try to make a sane decision.
I’ve made quite a little place for myself here in Skykomish in the last 8 days. I’m a local. I know everyone’s name and the waitress knows how I like my eggs. I gave directions to somebody the other day. But it has been a bit trying to keep myself occupied and patient here. Here is a short list of some creative ideas I came up with should you find yourself in the same circumstance on any of your traveling adventures:
1. Have an entree creation competition with other hikers/ travelers using the three ingredients they sell at the Chevron station you have to buy your food from. Give bonus points for attractive plating.
2. Befriend/hang out with/talk mercilessly at the locals. This saved me here in Skykomish (thank you, Kevin!)
3. Whip out your maps and take some walks. You don’t want to lose your fitness and people in small towns have really weird stuff in their yards.
4. When is the last time you allowed yourself a ten hour Monopoly game? Someone will play with you. If the hotel doesn’t have one, a good game of War with a simple deck of cards also has the potential to last ten hours.
5. Drink and watch Monty Python movies on your phone.
6. Tweeze off your leg hairs one by one. The hairs won’t grow back for a couple of weeks and you’ll get a nice little endorphin rush from the pain.
7. I bet you haven’t properly washed your camp spoon ever. Do that. And your stove. And the inside of your pack. It will be scum weight off your shoulders.
8. Have a lot of sex either with someone else or with yourself. With nothing but a room full of bed, this should be an obvious activity choice when you’re not sleeping.
9. Pick fights on Facebook. I know this is usually frowned upon, but a good healthy “debate” can keep your mind occupied with clever responses for many hours.
10. Find abandoned houses, roads, barns, etc. and explore them. I love finding ones that still have stuff in them.
11. Hitchhike or get a ride out of town to anywhere. Even a well-stocked hardware store can provide a much needed diversion.
12. If you don’t have a blog, start a blog and be sure to torture your readers with constant declarations that you’re getting back on trail/the road and then don’t.
13. Take three showers a day until your genuine skin color returns.
14. Pre-make your lunches and snacks for the next section instead of just shoving the ingredients in your pack. Put little notes in your lunch bags for yourself.
15. Rearrange the furniture in the hotel room to be Feng Shui friendly. Then meditate.
16. Start writing a fiction novel. Base the characters on the people who hang out and drink coffee at the Cafe every morning. Use their conversations in the book.
17. Create a scavenger hunt for the rest of the trail. I had one given to me and it has kept me engaged during unstimulating miles.
18. Overplan the next section. Find escape routes, alternate routes, water sources you might need in different scenarios, campsites, even at what miles you’ll take breaks and for how long. You won’t follow it, but it will make you feel like your still making progress.
19. Sleep, sleep, sleep and then take a nap. You’ll be surprised how much a human being can sleep and still be tired.
20. Eat as much as you sleep. Get fat even. You’ll walk it off.
Wish me well please! Tomorrow presents some decisions. My hope is for clear(ing) trail and happy skies.