EVERY ounce of weight matters when you are packing. You have to be prepared for any type of weather, first aid, emergencies, etc. Camping in a remote wilderness area there is NO cell phone coverage and NO fast food drive-thru when you get hungry.
Filthy Fifty...wearing my hair in a pony tail for the first time in FOURTY years! I've been growing it out since my birthday, and it's finally long enough to make a pony tail...or two!
Cairns of stone mark the way to the top.
I don't know why my younger self would never have gone on this hike. I don't know why I let things like toilets and shampoo and a warm cushy bed keep me from Paradise and a moment like this. I wish I had been wiser and more willing to step away from comfortable into the unfamiliar. Maybe it's from the great loss I experienced...but my older self wants to see and learn everything I can from this world.
And it's never too late to start...