Our official departure date has been determined. Our transportation to Atlanta and then to the trailhead has been secured. The last of our gear has been purchased. Now it’s just time to enjoy these last few days with our friends as we get down to some Widespread Panic, Yonder Mountain, The Nth Power, Pink Talking Phish and more at Wanee Festival at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, our home away from home in Live Oak. We were finally able to decide on a date to make our way north. After Wanee, we are renting a car and driving to Tallahassee to see Kory’s family on the 21st of April and then continuing to Atlanta. From there, my grandfather is scooping us up and providing us with our last shower and meal before we take our first steps on the trail.
This past weekend we took a trip to Myakka State Park to do some hiking with our friends, Brent (NoMayo) & Colleen (Gypsy), our veteran PCT hikers (see their website Traveling By Trails). It was a good chance for us to test out all of our gear including our new ZPacks tent that finally arrived! The setup for the tent was extremely quick which will come in handy if we have to set up camp during a rainstorm. The tent weighs in at about 21 oz with stakes but it is extremely spacious for two people. The Florida heat and the ‘skeeters were pretty brutal but we pushed through it and headed back home for a tasty beverage at the Fort Myers Brewing Company and a delicious sandwich from our favorite food truck guy. We went through our remaining gear list last night and purchased our final items including a battery charger pack, Tenacious Tape, a speaker for our music and a few other odds and ends. I think we have everything, I THINK!