Friday, July 26, 2019

Waiting for friends to wake up

I don't drink coffee. I don't even drink caffeinated drinks. Just don't like them, and I'm generally wide awake before the sun comes up.

Ruby wakes up even earlier than I do.
 Which can lead to a lot of waiting around if I am camping with friends. "Breakfast at 9," my friend said as we parted for our respective tents. Nine! Half the day is over! But her promise of huckleberry pancakes sounded a lot better than what I had packed (granola).

It's really easy for me to go solo, in all endeavors. I can run the pace I want, hike as far or as short as I want to, take breaks when I want to, not have to talk if I don't feel like it. It's freedom: I spend five days a week wrangling clients and hustling. It's nice to be alone sometimes.

I met my friends at the lake below. Snow prevented us from going to our intended destination, over an untrailed pass.
However. I have learned a lot from camping with friends. For instance, compromise. An example: nobody packs up faster than I do. This is the result of being on crews where, if we weren't ready within a few minutes, we were threatened with being left behind. This habit has never left me, causing me to either freeze while waiting or hike on ahead. Neither of these are particularly good options. I've learned (very slowly) to not hover while others are packing up. I go down to the lake, or I read a book, or I try to pack up slower (old habits though).

Also, people like to sleep in, even if they go  into the tent ten hours earlier. They don't appreciate a sunrise chatterbox. I've learned to get up quietly and go for a morning hike.

The always gorgeous Hobo Lake. I had to climb snowfields to get here. In late July!
Waiting for friends to wake up has taught me patience, which I am not blessed with in abundance. So, at beautiful Chimney Lake, I went for a hike and waited until nine. Though it wasn't the trip I would have done on my own, it was priceless to sit around camp and talk and swim. The huckleberry pancakes? Delicious.

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  1. I just caught up on several blog posts of yours (5!! - you are such a good blogger!!). Anyway, a few comments:

    Someday, I would love to backpack with you. But I do like to sleep in! No sunrise for me, but I promise I pack up quickly and don't drink coffee.

    I love your Judgy McJudgerson reference. I, too, judge people on the trail. Especially when they cut switchbacks or are wearing LA attire. It's a bad habit, but I do ALWAYS keep comments to myself (except when people insist on hand-feeding animals; that's where I draw the line. But I try to do my best with Authority of the Resource Effective Communication!).

    You've certainly been exploring some ah-mazing places. Nice photos!!

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    1. I don't mind the drinking coffee! It is just hard to contain myself in the outdoors. I wake up and want to see all the things! Hope we can meet up sometime if your schedule ever slows down!

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  2. I wish I had a body clock that let me wake p for sunrise. I am always so happy once I push myself. I'm pretty sure I would be awake in this amazing beauty.

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    1. The early morning is the best time for me. Always been that way. I rarely sleep past 5. But the bonus are nice sunrises.

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  3. I'm working on developing patience, also, though not in such lovely settings as you show and describe! The photo of Ruby in the mountains/by the lake is extra special....worthy of entering in a pet contest somewhere!

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  4. Ha ha. The compromises of group camping trips ... usually more difficult for us night owls. I'll set my phone alarm for whenever my companions want to get up, but I always bring a Kindle so I have something to do when they go to bed at 7:30.

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    1. 730?! That is as bad as sleeping in til 9. I can't even do that.

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  5. Good thing your pup is a morning dog! Yeah I like to get up early and hike (better light for photography) so most times I end up going by myself.

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    1. She pretty much stays awake all night guarding the camp. So she sleeps all day after we get back.

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  6. Yeah, I found that I like the solo adventures a few years ago when I ended up vacationing by myself...I did what I wanted and at my own pace! But then again...companionship is worth a whole lot...and if it comes with huckleberry pancakes? Even better!

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