I pooped in a toilet this morning, and it was the best thing ever. I wish I could appreciate such things without having to be deprived of them for 7 days; but unfortunately, like most humans, I tend to take things for granted until they are gone. One of the wonderful benefits of backpacking is your excited about the little things again...at least for a few days.
I know what Leigh is excited about today. Shaved legs. I bet she waited until she could show off to her daughter that she actually let herself become such a hairy beast. And what a beast she did become...in the best possible way. I feel privileged to have witnessed such a show of strength and will. I would have thought I'd find it funny that after all we had been through, the first thing Leigh bragged about to our friend Melissa was that she didn't shave her legs--but instead I thought it was such a sweet and wonderful moment. It doesn't matter if we can relate to what others find challenging; we all know how great it feels to accomplish something you weren't sure if you were completely up to.
|Yes, we are cheaters; and proud of it!!!|
|Melissa wore Leigh's pack for a few miles...|
after getting help standing up!
|Heather, you should have patented the sleeping bag coat!|
But sorry, REI already sells it.
|The morning after a long night....I think I can speak for all of us when I plead:|
Do not zoom in on this photo!