We packed the bare essentials (and in my case a couple of extras - I thought ... what the hell, if I want to take my knitting - I shall take my knitting) and stuffed our haversacks with sleeping bags, roll mats, hats and gloves, food, water, warm stuff and (in my case - camera, two lenses - no sorry three lenses and mono-pod - and I thought - what the hell, my camera and I want it and I am carrying it so it will be fine...)
Then, with everything packed and stuffed into the car we jumped in and drove to a pretty little market town in Cumbria, parked up and hoisted our haversacks on our backs... well, the boys did. I could barely lift mine.
Eldest kindly lifted it up - his eyes rolled a little as he did - and placed it in the boot of the car so I could shrug it on with out actually having to swing it from floor level.
Then, having managed that, I slung my camera case (with all the lenses and mono-pod), then lurched forward feeling a little top heavy, Himself looked at me and I cheerfully smiled and set off. As soon as I was out of his eye line, I grimaced as I tried to make the shoulder straps less uncomfortable.
We left the streets, the boys strode ahead and I gritted my teeth and plodded on (why the hell did I bring so much??) The sun was rather warm (so was I) and we hit the hill fairly quickly, the slope was more challenging than usual (with all my added camping goodies)and I chose to breathe rather than chat or take photos. Breathing was important ... and rather rasping.
Then I thought about it as I gasped, if I took photos - it would mean I could stop and draw a ragged breath before plodding on.
Getting higher and higher and another
Then suddenly we reached the top and deep and glorious joy - the hill flattened out ! I could have skipped with delight except I was just grateful that I could breathe and walk at the same time and only in moderate pain! (why the hell did I bring so much extra stuff!!)
We selected our site carefully and before it could get too dark to make camp, we were set up, warm clothes donned, the kettle merrily bubbling away as we ate steaming hot bowls of couscous.
The scent of coffee drifting through the air,
the peachy pink of the setting sun,
the gentle click of my needles,
the song of sky larks marking the end of the day
all added up and my tired legs and weary shoulders just faded away.
The rest of our micro-adventure I will share tomorrow,
until then xxxx