Since hiking, camping and backpacking were my main summer hobbies and now fully encompass my life, I had the opportunity to acquire new ones. So far I have developed three curious new hobbies inspired by travel on the road and trail.
1. Alpine Lake Plunging – Often in the backcountry, especially in early summer, snow melt fills up pools of the purest water. After a few days trekking, being hot, tired and sore a quick plunge into the coolness of the pools is most refreshing. I say “plunging” and not swimming because the temperature of these pools often only allows for a quick dip as snow runoff is apt to being quite chilly.
2. Farmers’ Road Side Fruit Stands Munching – I have come across many of these in California already, and one thing that is not available in the backcountry is fresh fruit. So to supplement this dietary void I have made it a habit to stop and indulge myself on whatever delectables are currently available. On one occasion, in the blistering heat of Southern California I stopped and devoured an entire pineapple. As the juice gushed down my chin I could not help but rejoice out loud – Yummmm!
3. Testing the Echo Acoustic Qualities of Mountain Valleys and Canyons – This started way back but has since become solidified as opportunities to test both the echo and my yodeling skills present themselves much more frequently now that I am residing out of doors. Letting my voice stretch far across the valley, I have yet to hear a response to my lunacy.