I meandered back to the office, did a Superman change and walked off to One Sansome for a Toastmasters officer's training. Once it was over, I went to the Ferry Building for lunch with my TM buddy. Absolutely gorgeous day on the water. I strolled back through the Embarcadero walkways, grabbed my stuff and jumped on the road, southbound. I got a call from my friend Andres wanting to give me something for my trip. I asked what and said it was a journal. I almost fell out of my seat. That’s waaaaay to heavy for my 15 pound pack! I am so appreciative of the thought but it will have to be something I write in once I’m back.
At REI, I told the guy helping me find hiking poles that I wanted to know which ones were the lightest, cheapest and most popular. He pulled out a couple but as soon as he pulled the purple ones, I was done. Purple poles, purple pack, purple jacket. Perfect fit. In order to escape the crazy briefly, I had a hike with my friend Marie. We had a great talk and a great hike. Picking up a bear canister was my next order of business so I scooted over to my friend Ewa’s. She backpacks a ton too so I asked for tips. Once she said to bring tomatoes and avocados for dinner, I knew I would have to look elsewhere for advice.
Last stop was the groceria, I picked up (as per K&T’s request) 6 packages of "canned' salmon, 4 boxes of mac and cheese and 2 pounds of candy (sour glow worms, red vines, hot tamales, jolly ranchers). The final last finishing touch was creating my weight friendly journal. I rationed myself to 6 pages a day. I got a small notebook from Rite Aid, ripped out the spine and the cover and most of the pages then used some leftover sock yarn to bind it back together.
Construction complete. Bedtime.