Disappointments Are Hard To Live With

Nothing went the way I had planned this weekend.  I did not spend the last three days on trail and I did not get my vacation.  I had an accident on Thursday night while at Great Smokey Mountain National Park and burned my hand pretty good and ended up with burnt holes in my hiking shirt and shorts.  I was lucky that was all that happened, and after a quick trip to Walmart, I was still convinced I could go.  But it was obvious by morning that the trauma that had left me with a restless and nausea filled night, had also been the tipping point for my body.  We drove to the spot where everyone was supposed to meet and waited, hoping time would leave me feeling better.  It didn’t.  I at least got to meet up with Stick, Brian and Gizmo Joe and we had a good time chatting for a little and sharing some of the gear that we had brought, but they went on to the trail head and I went home.

I ended up feeling pretty bad all weekend and it was apparent that I have pushed myself too hard over the last few weeks and this was just the tipping point that pushed me over the edge.  I spent my weekend being upset, angry, sad and mostly disappointed.

I have to say on a positive note, I had a blast hanging out for the little I got to and checking out all the cool gear that everyone had and I really can’t wait to get to join everyone on the next trip!  Well if the guys would be so kind as to make sure to not make it over a Saturday that I’m working (which is pretty much all of them!).  Don’t forget to check out Stick’s and Brian’s Blogs for their posts on the weekend!!


About Joslyn

My name is Joslyn and I primarily hike with my husband Richard. We live in Northern Arizona with our dog, Jäger and love camping and hiking. We are continuing our adventure in backpacking inn this our second year and as always, striving towards going Ultra Light.

Posted on 15/07/2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. BUT, you lived to tell the tale, will recover pretty soon and will have plenty of other chances to do this again. Things don’t always (or often) go as planned – see JJ’s recent update – so we improvise, or go with the flow. Hope you’re feeling better and healed soon… we *will* be doing this again 🙂

    • Brian is absolutely correct! I hope you have heals quickly so you can get back out there.

      • Thanks guys! I’m already starting to feel better and looking forward to the next trip. We all make plans and prepare the best we can, but I’ve never been on a trip that went as planned and I doubt I ever will. That is the way of life. It looks like things going as planned just wasn’t what was meant to be for any of us this month!

        By the way Brian, I’m looking into what it would take to try out that idea you had and I’m getting pretty excited about the possibilities!

  2. I just read Sticks trip report and it sounds like this trip was doomed from the beginning. Bad luck seemed to hit all of you. I tend to learn everything the hard way or am the one involved in bad luck for a trip, so I can really relate. Those trips are the most memorable, but some of them are also my favorite memories. After the fact of course. 🙂

    • I’m not laughing yet but I no longer feel upset, especially after hearing how the trip went. It is obvious that nothing was destined to go as planned. I know years from now we will all look back and laugh at our first attempt at a group trip!

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