Trekking (Backpacking ) 3:28:06  7.7 mi (27:02 / mi) +1051ft 23:56 / mi
ahr:106 max:170 rhr:50 shoes: Brooks Caldera
Backpacking overnighter with Jeff and Jacob on Meramec SP’s Wilderness Trail. We’ve been to that park what feels like hundreds of times, and I’ve never hiked this trail though I did recognize some parts of it from orienteering meets. Hiked CCW to the last site before the 185 crossing. Such a great family day!
After the Grand Canyon train wreck, I was leery of how Jeff would do (though obv this is a far easier hike), so I carried our whole tent and the extra water. Maybe overextended myself a little, but after he took one of the liters of water I felt better.
Beautiful trail, gorgeous spring day after all Thursday’s rain. 6.4 mi to our site, then I hiked down to the road crossing to pick up firewood we’d staged in case the wood near the campsite was too wet (it wasn’t, and we had a nice fire). Slept terribly. I remember being pretty comfortable in that tent in the GC, but I think we slept the wrong way in the tent, plus Jacob has grown a few inches since then.