THE T-Shirt

Of all the things I had to consider for the Camino de Santiago de Compostela (“Camino,” aka “The Way of St. James”), perhaps the easiest was the T-shirt to wear. Because I already HAD them 🙂

If this is where you are joining the show already in progress: only TWO changes of clothes will be taken. At the end of the day, you wash one set – T-shirt, under-roos, socks and maybe your pants (although if you don’t roll in the dirt, maybe THOSE can be cleaned every OTHER day), put other (clean) ones on your body, and hope that your washed ones will dry-out overnight – something that requires modern “miracle” fabrics. Continue reading “THE T-Shirt”

Going Toe-to-Toe with Socks!

I had originally planned on doing the Camino de Santiago de Compostela (“Camino”) walk – 500 miles of it – in my Army-issued Rocky S2V combat boots, seeing as I conquered Mt. Ljuboten (aka “Mt. Duke”) with them, wearing only the socks the Army issued me. Even I was impressed by this (even though I couldn’t MOVE for FOUR DAYS afterward – the boots and socks worked MUCH better than the REST of my body).

But they ARE Army boots and my particular wonderful pair are also Gortex-insulated – and we’re not walking in winter. Plus nothing screams “GI Joe” quite as loudly as Army brown boots. So new shoes were purchased.

Still had the SOCKS though – two types: faithful Army-issue that had surprising performance in my assault on Mt. Duke. And a couple of pairs of Darned Tough’s Tactical socks.

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Accidentally Prepared

So we get a gig in beautiful Hawaii.  Tropical Molokai.  A first-ever trip to a tropical paradise for Pony.

We actually KNOW why there's no sun up in the sky...
We actually KNOW why there’s no sun up in the sky…

So, just because I was along, the islands were going to get the first hurricane to hit the islands directly in 22 years (even though it wimped-out to a “tropical storm,” it had STILL been that long since SOMETHING nasty directly hit the Hawaiian Islands).  After YEARS of working disasters, they are now starting to FOLLOW me, I guess.

My CAVE is a virtual palace of preparedness. The Pony Corral has a preparedness kit. My truck has food for two people for nine days and at least enough water for three days (I often carry extra water when traveling.

In Hawaii, we only had what we had brought with us. And what we could find.

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The BAG!

The most important part of an adventure – especially one that involves walking some 500-miles with everything you need in ONE place that you will be CARRYING – would be the backpack.

Despite owning a large number of military-style and a couple of military-issue bags, I decided to go with a civilian manufactured one: as mentioned in the item on hydration reservoirs, the military service requires a VERY rugged and VERY durable bag, carrying a total weight of 70-pounds (when I deployed to Kosovo, I was allowed to pack my body armor – as opposed to wearing it – and that was 35-pounds PLUS two days of clothing and anything else I might want to have fairly handy, which for the medic, was a small assortment of medical stuff to at least stop the bleeding – I couldn’t tell HOW much that weighed, but I tipped-over when I sat down with it). They EXPECT it to BE thrown, piled in a stack with others of that same weight, dropped from heights, and for you to fall-down on it when you sudden come upon people that don’t like you.

So they are built incredibly tough. This makes them incredibly heavy, compared to civilian models.  And they come in this design that screams “MILITARY PERSON HERE.” Sometimes you DON’T want to advertise that – it bothers people to think you might be invading them 🙂

Although I actually STARTED with another choice – a smaller bag – Pony, who had been pounding the virtues of smaller (and hence, lighter) bags, then surprised me by changing HER mind and going with a LARGER bag. Continue reading “The BAG!”

The Molokai Gear!

The Molokai Adventure is, of course, the “proving ground” (and training ground, although it is hard to train when you have things to do like build a blog from “huh – what’s a blog?” and sitting on a beachfront that THIS nice) for the upcoming Camino de Santiago de Compostela (“Camino” for short here — we have a separate page for that trip).

This is the gear I dragged along: Continue reading “The Molokai Gear!”