This is Day 3 of the 31 day series on “How backpacking has enriched my daily life.” I expected lightweight backpacking to be a hobby. Instead it has transformed me for the better.
For the big reveal…
Before I get to today’s topic, I promised to tell you what happened with the watermelon. For those of you who read the post for Day 2 you know that I was testing out what happens when you dehydrate a watermelon. After 22 hours in the dehydrator, the results are in and they are delicious! Ends up my friend Rachel who told me about this yummy, lightweight snack wasn’t pulling my leg.
As you can imagine the 1 inch diameter spears shriveled up into unappetizing shapes. That is part of their appeal! The look greatly contrasts with the flavor, which is surprisingly sweet and perfect in every way. I prefer the original flavor as opposed to the paprika and chili spiced watermelon spears, but I plan to do some more experiments.
Yesterday I was so jazzed up about dehydrating, that I put sliced apples with cinnamon into the drying trays. Those are going to make a yummy snack! I love it when backpacking makes my daily life tastier!
Thank you Mr. Petty
Now that we are all caught up, let’s get on with today’s story. Tom Petty’s “I won’t back down” encouraged me to learn to play the guitar even though I came from a non-musical family. I finally got tired of hearing myself say that one day I would learn to play the guitar so I could lead campfire songs. That was when I signed up for a classical guitar class. I really enjoyed playing and learning to read music, but then I sprained my finger so badly that I couldn’t play. I took a break from the guitar and years went by.
Then a few weeks ago my boyfriend gave me a “just because” present. It was a Washburn Rover backpacking guitar!* He complimented me with getting my backpacking base weight down to 12 pounds (the base weight is the weight of my backpack, plus its contents, minus food and water). My boyfriend said that since how my pack was so light, I could now enjoy carrying a heavy luxury item, like this guitar. The contents in my pack are so streamlined that I can fit my new guitar, inside of a cardboard box, all inside of my backpack!
Almost every day I play along with the metronome, running exercises, and playing simple songs like “Puff the Magic Dragon”. I find it encouraging how quickly everything is coming back to me. I’m a beginner, but it is still really fun to play.
For the entire month of October I’ll be daily posting about, “How backpacking has enriched my daily life.” Go here to see the Table of Contents.
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