Confused by the title, anyone? Picture a mule walking up a mountain. What would he almost always have on his back? A pack, right? Not just any pack. A HEAVY pack! Well, that was the picture of Jen and I on Saturday when we packed our packs and put them on. Oh God! Our packs weigh 30-31 pounds each! Some of you may be saying “Thirty to thirty-one pounds is not that much for luggage for an 18-month long trip!” Try carrying around that much for 2 hours around Paris! On our honeymoon, we had a couple rolling bags and a couple smaller shoulder bags and man was it tough. In Mississippi, we don’t have subway steps to go up and down, turnstiles to walk through, or a lot of crowds of people to walk around in. In many of the places we are going to, they do have these things.
SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS: 1. Eliminate some items. 2. Get really buff before we go. 3. Hire a Sherpa (porter) to follow us around. 4. Buy and place luggage straps around packs to make them more compact and thus more easily carried. 5. Learn to “live off the land” and take nothing with us. 6. Buy our very own mule.
Those of you who know us probably know which ones we will choose to do.
1. Eliminating items should be easy enough. 2. There is little hope of us becoming buff before we go, so not that one. 3. Craig is too cheap to hire a Sherpa. 4. The luggage straps have already been “bought-en” (you would have to watch the movie Bring It On to understand). 5. We do plan to learn and attempt some survival techniques while in Fiji and other places, but living off the land may be a little much for 18 months. 6. Again, Craig is too cheap to buy a mule.
Soon, I will load some pictures of our packs as they are now to the site. Before we leave, I will give a weighed update and add some pictures of how the packs look then.
Au revoir! Chao! Adios! Um, bye bye!