Hot Hike

We did our longest warm up hike to date on Saturday at the lake and man was it brutal. The distance wasn't bad, about 7 miles total and we were both feeling pretty solid about that. I'm sure we could have done 10 easily without being sore. But it was absolutely sweltering outside. I saw as high as 108 degrees on the thermometer around 4pm. Who knows what the heat index was. Temperature 108 F, feels like "a furnace." Even though we started early, it wasn't early enough. The temperature was around 103 degrees by the time we finished a little after noon. And of course, being the Flint Hills, there is no shade. I think there are 4 cottonwood trees and a lone willow tree along the gravel south of the lake that we were able to rest under.

We took a full gallon of water for the two of us and had drank half of it by the time we hit 3 miles. We decided to go a little further so we could round the hike out to 7 miles and even that was almost too much. Lauren was feeling a little light headed and dizzy by the time we got back and I was getting close as well. I think we must have drank almost another gallon once we got back. Its pretty amazing to think I could sweat out more than a gallon of water in 2 hours, but if you saw me out there...you wouldn't have doubted it.

But at the very least, my boots are feeling awesome and well broken in with about 25 miles on them, and I'm getting my new backpack settled in. I'll let you know how they feel in another couple hundred miles!

More pictures after the jump.


Chiggers In The Night

Rocking The Headlamp

We took our first night hike a few weekends ago at Kahola Lake.  Despite the long socks and bug spray I still managed to get some chiggers.  We don't anticipate much night hiking while in Spain, though we may start some days before sunrise. 


Soapy Success

I am happy to report that both the laundry and dishwasher detergents have been performing well.  I've washed at least four loads of dishes and all have come out clean, no strange scents, and no signs of residue or cloudiness.  The laundry detergent appears to be cleaning as well as the store bought stuff with no side effects as of yet.  You can check out the recipes here:


Get Ready, Get Set...

Hiking the Quarry Hill at Lake Kahola
We did several training hikes this past week at Kahola.  It was hot.  We took a lot of water and maxed out at just over 5 miles.  I got my first look at Kahola Joe's, "Beer, Bait, and Beyond", which will be our backup vendor for supplies next summer.  Can't wait for the temperature to decrease and our mileage to increase. 

Tonight I made our first batch of DIY powdered laundry detergent containing bar soap, Borax, and washing soda.  Hopefully this will be the start of many years without purchasing commercial laundry detergent. I also made a batch of dishwasher detergent but am less optimistic about how it will perform.  Results to follow.