So, I loaded Sara Beth in the backpack and off we went on our little adventure. We had been hiking for about 15 minutes when I realized my first mistake. Never wear new shoes when you are carrying a heavy pack (with precious cargo) while by yourself in the woods. OK. I knew better, but if I never wear them, when will they ever get broken in? No problem. I decided to cut the hike short and bail out at the next road crossing. . . which never came. Mistake number two: Never go hiking without a map. OK. I knew better, but I've ridden this trail tons of times on my bike and it's a small park. I didn't even know they had maps.
We hiked on. Fifteen minutes turned into an hour, and every step came with a burning sharp pain on both of my heels. I knew I was blistering, but I avoided stopping to look because I was in the middle of the woods and there was nothing I could do about it. Mistake #3: Never go hiking without moleskin for blisters. OK. I knew better about this too. Boy, I sure do have a bunch of knowledge that I didn't use today!
At this point, I really needed to get back to the car. I was in a lot of pain! Sara Beth, on the other hand, was fast asleep in the backpack. Then I saw it-- a gravel road. I had no idea which way to go, but I figured either way would lead to civilization and that had to be better than going deeper and deeper into the woods. Right? Wrong! I walked on the road for 15 or 20 minutes and then broke down and called Adam. The tears came! Luckily, he had just finished a lap and was back at the trail head. Long story short. . .
I walked back down the road and rejoined the trail. Adam frantically searched for us and finally found us where two trails came together. He walked barefoot (more comfy than walking in his bike shoes) while carrying the baby backpack and pushing his bike. I trudged along slowly wincing in pain. Finally we got to a clearing (and some gravel roads) where we stopped and layed down a blanket. I nursed and changed Sara Beth while Adam rode back to the car. Next thing I knew, here comes my knight in shining armor, driving his trusty steed (our Outback) through a cloud of dust. Adam to the rescue!
|About to set off on our hike|
|Changing diapers in the great outdoors|
|The cutting board we bought at the Maker's Fair today|