Just got back from a week long backpack trip with an old friend into the wilderness. It was somewhat of a Walden Pond experience for us both to reconnect and compare views and also to get away from it all. On a backpack trip into the wilderness, your main concerns are with making hot coffee and dehydrated egg breakfast in the early morning, spending a rest day relaxing from yesterday's long all day hike, or packing your gear and heading up to the next campsite. You normally stop along the trail either to rest in place or to break for a lunch of trail mix, jerky, and Gatorade. Late in the afternoon you set up camp, replenish your water, have a dehydrated foil pack dinner, discuss how the day went, and then turn-in for the night inside your tent, with an air mattress, sleeping bag, and pillow made out your rolled up jacket stuffed into a pillow case. Very fundamental human needs. To travel is better than to arrive -- it is all in the hiking experience. We passed one hiker who was coming down the trail who had thrown out his back and was walking at a right angle like an "L" while his buddies carried his pack for him. Either his pack was too heavy or his back was too weak. He did not look all that old -- maybe mid 50's We also passed a few groups comprised of several females and one token male. I guess he was the bodyguard. Here are some photos. .