This pen drawing in my journal was inspired by a little snail down at the bottom of the canyon and above the Falls at Palouse last April during my preparatory hike and camp-out. Yes, I stopped right there and drew her, and those words entered my head as I did so, for she is surely me.
Perhaps one of the reasons she's slow is she's carrying her house on her back. That will be me too, come July and August. I'll be far away from home, but 'home' in its basic sense will be with me, and wherever I happen to stop for the night - no matter how wild or isolated that stop might be.
The two-night camp at Palouse Falls in April let me know precisely the current state of my gear. Some needed replacing immediately. My old worn out tent let me know that pertinent bit of information as I set it up. The carbon pole split when I bent it into position, and I felt a seam on the fly begin to give when I pulled it taut. The shattered pole could be made to endure that one last camp though - wrapping it tightly cord convinced it to stay put for those two nights. This particular tent is only guaranteed three years, and here were were, going into year 8. I think I got my money's worth out of it!
|any wonder why I'm calling it the Silver Slug?|
Now Scotland, particularly the west, is notorious for wet weather at any given time of year - much like our mossy Pacific Northwest. With that in mind, a rain fly for cooking and dining is vital. I went without on my last trip there, and regretted it on more than one occasion. Amazon sold me a very nice 8'x12' tarp of good quality and of a minuscule 4 ounces in weight. After a few embarrassing and futile attempts at setup with cord and trekking poles in the safety of my yard, I turned to Youtube for advice. There were many videos with fancy flies and fussy configurations, but thankfully I found one fellow in the UK who subscribes to the 'Keep It Simple' philosophy. I include here a couple of views of the configuration I'm settling with (for now), with the 90-pound retriever clearly under the impression that this is his new house. I'll also include at the bottom of this post the video I found that has allowed me to set up a rain fly with a bit of confidence, two trekking poles, and no trees.
|As a friend rightly stated, "It's a pup tent!"|
|This should keep the rain off my back and my cooking.|
And hopefully the wind too.