Homer's Travels: Weekly Ephemera #19

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Weekly Ephemera #19

  •  I changed up my walking slightly.  I decided to do shorter, more strenuous, hikes up at Hitchcock and other parks with hills.  When I'm on these rural trails I carry a 25 lb (11 kg) pack and hiking poles which strengthen my legs more than flat city walking does.
    Hitchcock flowers.
    This week I hiked twice at Hitchcock and did one city walk for a total of 18.2 miles (29.3 km).  It seems to be doing something since my legs feel like toast.
  • I'm continuing to plan my July-August Appalachian Trail hike.  I suppose that's obvious based on the posts I've written lately.  I have a good handle on the stages and the gear.  I have a weaker grip on the food.  It is not easy to switch out carbohydrates for fat and protein.  This is especially true if you want food that tastes good.
    Hmmm ... Nice pairing.
    I put my tent up in the basement and cleaned it up, inflated my sleeping pad, and generally checked to see what I had and what I needed to replace/refill.
  • I did some spring cleaning and took old paint to the hazardous material disposal place and took old electronics (both mine and my Mom's) to be donated at the Goodwill Goodbytes place.
  • I noticed some white flies on our hibiscus so in a lark I ordered some Ladybugs to combat them.  I spread them on the two plants and ... like the other times I have bought ladybugs to combat insects, they all disappeared in twenty-four hours (the ladybugs that is).  You would think I would learn.

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