Super-moon, Solo-mom and the Last Training Mission

So apparently last night was the biggest full moon of the year which meant that it was extra impressive. My boys had been talking about this super happening for days and they were granted special permission to stay up and watch it. Guess where they got to watch it from…Algonquin Provincial Park. Guess where I DIDN’T get to watch it from…Algonquin Provincial Park.

Fraser has taken the boys on their last training hike before our epic adventure to Pukaskwa National Park in three weeks. I however, had to stay in the city and work. That’s okay though, I THINK that I’m prepared.  The training thus far has included loading up the packs and hiking around our hilly neighbourhood so carrying all of that weight won’t feel so foreign. We’ve also been trying to get out on regular runs to build endurance. Personally I’ve been periodically wearing a 30lb pack for entire shifts at work. I get a lot of questions from customers about that one!  But the best gauge of our preparedness is going to rest in the success (or lack thereof) of the hike this weekend.

While we normally don’t mind shouldering the majority of the gear burden, Pukaskwa’s wild trail will mark the first hike that the boys will be hauling all of their own personal items including sleeping bags, sleeping pads and clothing. Fraser and I will carry our own stuff and then split the remaining shared gear and food between us. Our packs weigh-in somewhere in the neighbourhood of:

Zach 10lbs

Luke 15lbs

Jenny 25lbs

Fraser 40lbs

And so that is what they are carrying this weekend. My hope is that their little shoulders survive unbruised, that little feet remain blister free and that enthusiasm doesn’t wain in the face of difficulty. This lonely mom can’t wait until her boys are home again. I can’t wait to hear what they thought of that gorgeous unobstructed view of the super-moon. And I can’t wait to hear the trip report, the one that hopefully proves that all of our preparation has paid off. Keep your fingers crossed for us because the last training mission ends today. The next time we gaze at a moon from a park we will all be together, 14hrs north of our real lives, living out a dream.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Wearing a 30lb pack at work to prep for your hike is brilliant! Now if only I could wear my canoe at the office in preparation for those extra hellish portages, I’d be set!!

    Great blog! Your enthusiasm and passion make for great reads!

    ~Anthony

    Reply

    • Ha ha! I wouldn’t wear a canoe for any longer than absolutely necessary! We’re doing a three week in Algonquin this summer with a dizzying 28000m of portages.
      With two canoes and carrying to compensate for the kids, we have to double back on every single one. That adds up to 84000m of portage fun. Ouch!

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