Frustrated to Confident

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June 1, 2016
Today was a transition day from feeling frustrated with the technical challenge of setting up an RSS feed of my blog to my subscribers and Facebook page to feeling confident that it can actually work!  Thanks for reading!
The second accomplishment of the day was to pack our backpacks! I’m happy to say that my pack, with a liter of water and 4 days of food weighs  in at 20 -22 lbs.

Now, before you gape with too much amazement, I will remind you that one of the favorite qualities of my heartsinging walk is that I have a hiking partner who shares gear with me! That means that I don’t have to carry everything I use!!

I’ll try for a gear list:
Pack – Gregory Jade 60 with no “brain”
Sleeping bag – Western Mtneering 30 degree down bag
Thermarest prolite 3
Silnylon poncho/groundcloth
2 qt pot w lid
1 pint lidded bowl
Platypus water bladder (no hose)
1-liter Smartwater bottle
Rainjacket
Thermal shirt
Leightweight polyester Long pants
Extra socks (mitts)
Powershield jacket (insulation/rain)
Fleece hat
Sun hat
Trekking poles
30 ft cord for bearbag hanging

Waistpouch
Phone + 5 extra batteries + charger
Pocket knife (7-tool swiss army with the plastic cover missing)
3 colored pencils, 2 pens
2 small pcs watercolor paper
Small paintbrush
Toothbrush
Dental floss
15 ml peppermint oil
Credit cards, i.d., thumbdrive
Small notebook

John is carrying the shared tarp and net, sleeping bag coupler, canister stove, fuel canister.

I love my gear!

In joy,
Regina

Maildrop Project

My HeartSinging Journey has begun!

I’ve set up my email service to send you my blogposts every few days. Enjoy! Be sure to reply to your email with questions, comments, or requests for what you want to read about.  I’ll do my best to respond.

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June 1, 2016
We’re sending five maildrops containing foods that I like and can’t buy. Some, like our homemade  hummus, sweet potatoes, and pineapple that really are not available in stores.

This food is not meant to be our total resupply. We will supplement this with other food from stores and restaurants. John picked places at 70-mile intervals, which is 4-5 days apart.

Other items include:
Chicken (hard to find)
Quinoa
Maple syrup
Olive oil
Dates
Dehydrated spaghetti sauce
Granola
Hemp seeds
Tea, green herbs, salt
Razor
Watercolor paper  (for my daily painting. I’ll tear it into smaller sheets)

The boxes each weighed 12-14 lbs.

We packed up the boxes using USPS Large Flat Rate boxes. On the boxes we wrote on all sides our names and ETA. We also taped a distinguishing mark -a little watercolor painting! – on each box. The Montebello P.O. enjoys our business!

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In joy,
Regina

Steps

I am grateful to John for his consistent support for my endeavor. “You’re trying to live your expression and that’s a challenge sometimes. You want to be close to people.”

It’s always weird to sign “in joy” when I’m feeling tense and frustrated. Is this part of joy? Perhaps.

In joy,
Regina