Taking a break at a gas station, I got speaking to an older woman who had been hitchhiking.
She looked like she was a little weathered, had a hard life, and she did give hints of it through our conversation, but what was also a noticeable trait… she still had hopes for a better life.
As we conversed, she mentioned that her backpack was jammed pack with a few clothes and 3 blankets, which was getting to be a little too heavy, so she was thinking about ditching one of her blankets with the hopes it would find someone in need.
It’s funny (not is hilarious manner), here’s a lady who wasn’t asking me for anything… she didn’t have anything… but still had hopes for herself and hopes for the blanket to find someone in need.
I could only offer her something she needed more than I did…. I gave her my last gatorade and an emergency blanket.
When I came out of the gas station, I could see her in the distance walking along the highway, up and over a hill, where I eventually lost sight of her.
The other day I received an email with a few questions, one of which I wanted to share with you.
The reader asked the following: (Regarding over night or longer trips)
Q: “Of all the equipment and gear you have used, what are a couple things you consistently take with you that others may not even consider?”
Besides the general stuff of a backpack, camera, water and a granola bar, there are 2 other things that I always make sure to pack:
The First is my hand-written journal. While out on an adventure, I try to write in it every night or every other night recapping the days events. I don’t want to forget some of the amazing experiences or details that I wish to share with you.
The Second item I consistently take with me is my emergency blanket, you know the silver one that sounds like tinfoil when you wrap yourself with it. I’ve used it more than a few times. I actually had to use during my kayaking adventure one night. It made for a great barrier between my water logged air mattress and my sleeping bag.
Whether you’re a day-tripper or an over night adventurer, I encourage you to journal about your day. You’re future self will thank you for it!
I located some great deals on Journals & Emergency Blankets
through Amazon to get you started:
Click here: Coleman Emergency Space Blanket
Through my own actions I hope to inspire & encourage others to get out, explore and discover the beauty that is all around.
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