Rather than giving you guys a day by day synopsis, maybe I'll try to share some of those simple beauties? Starting with Hiker Boxes and Loaner Clothing.
First, a Hiker Box is a hodgepodge of anything left behind by the hikers before you. This might mean extra food, extra clothing, a book, etc. For the first few towns, I didn't take anything from these boxes. By the Acton KOA, I was pulling all of the food I could from these boxes! I even found my glorious (and much missed) sit pad in one of these boxes! Anywho, hikers love the places that maintain hiker boxes. When we get into town, it's one of the first things we seek out.
Loaner cloths are pretty much my favorite thing out here. If you've been following my photo posts, you know that I have one shirt and one skirt I wear hiking. I also have a sleep set of cloths, but that is it. Two shirts, leggings, a skirt, and a few jackets is all I need on the trail. When we get into town, we want to wash ALL the clothing. That means either wearing your rain/wind gear, oooor wearing loaner clothing when it's available. I freaking love loaner clothing. In Acton, I wore dudes sweats and a Large guys Henley for a full 48 hours (Weekend said I looked 'comfortable as fuck' when he showed up - he was 100% correct). In Bishop, I rocked a striped green maxi dress with a hostel t-shirt for another near 48-hours. The glory of loaner clothing is that they're clean(ish) when you put them on, you don't have to maintain them.... And for me, it's another way to shed the pretenses of who I am supposed to be.
Till next time,
This Little Engineer