A couple of weekends ago, I went backpacking with one of my friends. One of my favorite local places to go backpacking is the C&O. It is as cushy as it gets for backpacking. Campsites every 3-6 miles with well pumps, fire pits and picnic tables, flat hiking trail that is wide and well cleared, nice views, etc.
We had a lot of fun, including take a detour that Google maps said was shorter, but took just as long to drive as their recommended route. Mental note in the future, LOOK at the darned map in satellite view first, before choosing it. This shorter, but just as time-consuming route was through a state forest…on single lane dirt logging roads, some of which were on 25 degree grades with broken rock. That took 2 extra hours in the dark, but we made it.
The backpacking itself was fairly uneventful. There was a heck of a cold snap that weekend, so I got to test out my new 20 degree down sleeping bag just about to its limits with night-time temperatures the first night hitting in the low-20’s (there was a frost by 9pm when we got to the campsite). Fortunately it certainly is a 20 degree rated bag. Saturday it was cold with mostly gentle breezes and overcast. Sunday was much warmer and sunny.
Lots of fun was had along with some nice pictures and about 27 miles of hiking in 2 days.
Plans are for a longer 2-4 night trip in April or May to WV, probably the Dolly Sods area.
A little out of focus, and the bandana doesn’t quite work (must be the bushy brows and big nose), but it sure was a lot warmer.
We stayed at the Paw Paw campground and then hiked through the Paw Paw tunnel all the way out to Devil’s Alley, about 13 miles on. After passing through the tunnel the clouds socked everything in until Sunday morning.