Panther Creek Day Hike
We got up this morning planning to join a group on a hike of Panter Creek Trail, a small local in and out trail with some great waterfalls. After several snafus we got to the trail about 45 minutes later than the rest of the group. Despite this, we decided to go ahead and have a great hike anyway. We ended catching up with the group just in time for the lunch stop! It didn’t really matter in the long run because we hiked slower than the fast group and faster than the slow group and we ended up hiking in and out on our own anyway.
We knew that there were many places to get water so instead of taking all of our water for the day from the start we took our Platypus Gravity Filter which we had not gotten to field test yet so it was a win/win. the casual hikers in our group, were facinated by the ease and speed at which it filtered the water and several of them wanted to try it out and refill their water as well. I know how they feel. I was the same way when I saw the filter work the first time too! On our way home we stopped by the farmers market and picked up some fresh goodies nad to finish off a perfect day, my new Bivy sack was waiting for me when we got home! (review to follow)
All in all it was a fun hike, despite the heat that started to creep in the last hour. I’ve heard it said that every hike, good or bad, teaches you something about how you like to hike and I have to say that is a very true statement. Today we learned that, while many backpackers feel that their “in season” time frame is April to October, but Richard and I have learned that our “is season” is absolutely September to April or anything cooler than 90 degrees. We can backpack in hot weather, but we don’t enjoy ourselves and that’s why I backpack, to enjoy myself. By the end of our hike today we really were worn thin. Not to say we didn’t have a great day, but it taught us something about ourselves and given me the confidence to really start doing the research on winter hiking and snowshoeing!
More pictures here! http://www.flickr.com/photos/30763956@N06/sets/72157627303205395/