Before last weekend, I had never been. Not because I didn't want to or because I didn't think I could do it, but mostly because I don't have the correct equipment or a backpacking buddy. Well, enter my new beau, the Trailer Park Boy (or TPB, for short), a regular hiking, camping and backpacking buff.
Together, we drove to the Sespe Wilderness in the Los Padres National Forest, to hike to Willett and Sespe Hot Springs via the Piedra Blanca Trail.
This was quite the lofty goal for my first weekend bushwhacking, but I got by with a little help from my friends--well, sort of. More on that in part two.
We arrived at the trailhead late in the day on Friday, which wasn't entirely ideal but was entirely necessary due to my working, our lack of preparation, etc. Surprisingly, there were tons of boy scouts, backpackers and equestrians taking off around dusk as well. We took off in the near darkness along a well-kempt trail into the unknown.
|Taken on our hike back out.|
Check back in tomorrow for more about our backpacking adventure! Watch how things go awry!
*Interestingly enough, when I googled "backpacking," the first wiki article to pop up was about backpacking while traveling, something that wilderness backpacking got me thinking verrrrrry seriously about...again.