Home Safely, Round One

Because so many of you are asking….a quick post to say Michael arrived home last night about 10:45, having completed his test hike and wearing pretty much everything he’d packed. Here’s a few highlights:

  • It rained the whole time. He’d lined his backpack with a trash bag and everything inside stayed dry.
  • His new sleeping quilt is longer than his tent. As a result, the bottom rubbed against the tent wall, and became wet. (I suggested he sleep in a fetal position next time.)
  • New air sleeping pad didn’t hold air as well as he’d like. Time to revisit REi and consult.
  • Realized his dinner recipe requires Fritos.

I learned that I shouldn’t text so much just because I figure out he has cell service. Also that I should get SnapChat. (His brother leaked that he was following Mike’s story on the trail.)

With a renewed sense of powerlessness and somewhat urgent need to have a well-oiled pipeline to my Higher Power, I’m off to make a three-day silent women’s (oxymoron?) retreat at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House in Lake Dallas (https://www.montserratretreat.org/). Its something I’ve wanted to do for 20 years. Now seems like the right time. As I do every day, I will give thanks for each of you, and my remarkable family, who make my life joyful.

Until next week. Namaste.

  1. Beth Ann

    April 6, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Good trial run!
    Powerful time ahead…thanks for the update! #lessonslearned

  2. Shelley

    April 6, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Thou art the goal in me.

  3. Molly

    April 6, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    PLEASE get Snapchat.

  4. Rachel

    April 6, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    And I’m thankful for you, and Snapchat…and yes silent woman is an oxymoron if the particular woman is you. Xoxo

  5. Kathleen

    April 6, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Sounds like he learned many helpful lessons for the big hike. Clever young man!

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