Monday, September 21, 2009

Hiking in the Olympic Peninsula - Plus size wicking comfort!

I recently had a great 4-day hiking adventure in the Olympic National Park in Washington State. I was a little nervous, as I've mostly been swimming. The first day was easy, we hiked through the Hoh Rain Forest. It was beautiful! I'll always remember the rain forest as a dry, warm, sunny place. There was so much to see and so many wonderful animals to see. There was a herd of elk sunning on the stream bed looking like they were enjoying themselves in Florida. All they needed was a poolside service!

The second day we drove through Fork (location of the vampires in the Twilight series) on the way to the coast. This was a big hiking day, 3 miles out and back on boardwalks with lots of steps up and down, but it was 3 miles of the most dramatic beach scape I have ever seen including barking sea lions, huge trees, volcanic rocks, petraglyphs, and sunshine! It was a long, hard day, but I made it and even felt fine!

The next day we went up the mountain on what ended up being my favorite trail. There were huge trees, migrating butterflies, filtered light, and bubbling streams. It was so gorgeous I was distracted from how long the hike really was. I will definitely recall this place and setting while I meditate!

Throughout my travels there seems to be one common pitfall. I always over pack. But this trip I finally got it right! I limited myself to my carry-on bag, and a backpack. How? You might ask. Since the #1 priority was my feet, I brought extra shoes, which didn't leave much room for clothes. The secret to my perfect packing was no cotton! Not a stitch. Everything was made of wicking and quick-drying fabrics. Thank heavens I work for Junonia. I only had to open my drawers at home and before I knew it I was all packed and ready to go. These fabrics not only kept me comfortable and dry they also packed like a dream. I rolled them up and they fit so well in my little bags. I was able to layer for warmth or just as easily take layers off in the sun. Not only was I feeling good I was looking good too!

I would love to hear your stories about recent trips and vacations!
Please feel free to share!
Anne

Be sure to check out the group we traveled with: www.wildernessinquiry.com. They specialize in adventure travel that welcomes people with disabilities. This was my second trip with this group and you can bet it won't be my last!

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