Today, I decided to do a long walk rather than one with weight. I managed 7.2 miles in 1 hour and 53 minutes. I was trying to push myself, and I think this qualifies. I managed to stay dry until the final 3/4 mile. O well. No big deal when there is a house and dry clothes at the end of the walk.
I love this pastoral scene, one I walk by occasionally.
I puttered around with hiking food. Mostly, I cleaned up previous messes and packaged some things that had already been dried. Made some progress. I started early enough that I don't have to race through this job. Dried a couple more things in the oven.
But Cathy said I could borrow her round dehydrator. They don't do as good a job as mine, but it will be fine to finish up this job. Their biggest fault is uneven drying which can be a problem for long-term storage. But all of this food will be eaten within 3 weeks, so it's not a problem.
Incidentally, the sunrise this morning was glorious!
In other news: I finished reading a book Marie and I bought in the spring. It's called Grandma Gatewood's Walk, about the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, which she did in 1955 at age 67. While Emma Gatewood was an amazing lady, the book could have been better. It slips into sensationalism much more than I think is necessary. I was determined to finish it though, and it got better. I think the author (a city boy) had to get used to the idea of this older lady out there hiking in sneakers, alone.
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