But I'm unsure: unsure if I can be fit enough, unsure if I know what to do, and so on. But a friend of mine suggested some "backpacking lite" as she called it. The idea is that we'd take a ferry to an island where you then backpack a short distance to campsites, and then you're done with the carrying a pack, and just hike around.
One place that works really well for this is Rock Island State Park, up in Wisconsin. So that's where we went.
We went on Friday, and got settled and went for a short walk Friday. We made dinner (dehydrated backpacking food because we wanted to try it). And then it started raining. A LOT.
But the next day, we walked to the Lighthouse and went on a tour, and then walked some more, over 8 miles total. And then there was thunder and lightning.
Before the rain, though, I did have a chance to take a couple pictures, including a selfie in Lake Michigan. The water IS amazingly clear, but oh so cold!
All in all, we had a great time. We spent Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, walked more than 8 miles both Saturday and Sunday, and about 4 each on Friday and Monday. I learned that I shouldn't forget hot cocoa! But my little stove worked great, and one fuel cannister lasted the whole time.
I also learned that I need to get better long pants for camping.
One of the best parts for me was that I got to see a LOT of migrant birds! The trees weren't as leafed out as they are further down south, and so it was way easier to see birds. (I usually miss that part of the migration period because I'm grading.) I got really good views of Red-eyed Vireo, also Chestnut-sided and Blackburnian Warblers, Redstarts, Indigo Buntings, a flying snow goose, and some more common birds (Grey Catbirds, for example, and Ring-billed Gulls, and Double-crested Cormorants).
And now, back in the North Woods, and making a list of the things I want to get accomplished this coming week!
I really, really need to get more exercise to try to be ready to go to Yosemite!