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It’s a Barbie World…

2011 October 11

Hiking day in and day out–it wears on your mind. After you’ve been out a week or so, you and your hiking partner have pretty much said everything you want to say to each other, short of things like “Wow, look at that!” as you pass beautiful or amazing sights along the way. Eventually you find things to occupy your mind. This is an example stream-of-consciousness from our hike on the AT:

OK, so one hour down, 10 to go. Well, actually let’s see… we’ve gone 2 and a half miles so far, so if we keep this pace until lunch that means we will have gone maybe 10 miles, minus time for a snack break which will be maybe 20 minutes? I don’t know I”m pretty tired today, so maybe longer. That would get us to lunch just short of 10 miles. That is about 4 hours from now, but let’s say 4 and a half to be safe. We’re shooting for 20.6 miles, so that would be around 9 hours at this pace, plus lunch. I’m thinking an hour long lunch today, since we didn’t sleep too well last night. So yeah, that’s 10 hours, maybe a few more. Oh, how long have I been zoned out? Where is Elizabeth? Ok, good she’s still back there. She must be alright with the pace since she smiled, but she sure looks beat. I’m a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world. Come on Barbie, let’s go party. What? Where did that come from? That’s the last time I listen to the radio just before leaving town. How long until the next town? I think we left with 4 days of food and we have maybe a day and a half left? Yeah I think so. Elizabeth’s food bag was almost empty this morning and mine was pretty small too. Good. T-minus 1 day until my next burger. I think I’ll try to find one with some kind of special cheese on it this time. Oh wait, it’s a small town so it probably only has a diner so I may not have any options. If we get in late, maybe pizza? I’m getting sick of pizza. Pepperoni is still good though, which is great because pepperoni and cheese is our snack today. How long ¬†until snack? Crap. Over an hour. Man I’m tired. And hungry. Oh, drink water. Don’t want to get dehydrated. That stupid Barbie song. Heh heh heh… check this out. “Hey Liz, ‘Come on Barbie, let’s go party!'” “John, DON’T! I HATE that song!” Nice. “Grr… now you’ve got it stuck in my head again.” Heh heh heh she hates that. Oh better be careful, there’s a slippery boardwalk. Under the boardwalk, down by the sea. On a blanket with my baby, that’s where I’ll be. Awesome, new song! Better check on Elizabeth to be sure she makes it across OK. Nope, she’s already wet. How does she always do that? Oh well, we’re already dirty–what’s another layer of mud now? That shower will sure feel good. I love watching all that brown water go down the drain. Oh, and a bed. Soft and warm. I bet NCIS is on too. It’s always on, back-to-back-to-back! These squirrels are going CRAZY today! They are all over the place. So cute. One hour left until snack…



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  1. October 17, 2011

    You know that you sang the dang “Strawberry wine… seeeeventeen…” And if there was anything worse you could have done… I cannot think of it. I sang that song for nearly 2 weeks. Thanks John.

    • October 17, 2011

      I had forgotten that. You don’t like that song? I bet you do now — or at least you bought to song just so you would know how it REALLy sounds. :)

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