TS Cap on My Inaugural Solo Bkpk'ing Trip!

11:35 p.m. on August 4, 2013 (EDT)
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Alright, ladies and gents of the TS community:

Made the leap, and completed my first solo backpacking trip (and first backpacking trip, period) this weekend.

These were taken on the trails and lookouts of Mississippi Palisades State Park in Savanna, IL.

Finally did the math and hiked about 12 miles between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning! More than I've hiked in my life, but definitely built some muscle and learned some things along the way.

A.) I'm alive/I made it!

B.) Enjoyed the heck out of it, and already wondering where I should take my next trip.

C.) Already posted three new reviews - the first of many from this trip. More importantly, expect a trip report soon. This was a great experience by itself, and I was very fortunate to have it be my first experience.
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8:07 a.m. on August 5, 2013 (EDT)
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Very nice hat!

I'm glad you had a great time on your first trip and are already planning the next one (always a good sign!).

11:06 a.m. on August 5, 2013 (EDT)
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Thanks, Alicia! Once I've built my skill set out and muscles a little more, I'm thinking Garden of the Gods in southern IL will be the goal for the fall season. For now, primitive sites 3-4 hours from home seem to be a good way to get my feet on the ground.

12:55 p.m. on August 5, 2013 (EDT)
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Solo! Way to go!  Its way different alone.  Welcome to a new world.

12:38 a.m. on August 6, 2013 (EDT)
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Thanks for the warm welcome, Sage! Definitely dug it. Back home now juggling the writing of a trip report with calculating how to lighten my pack for the next time out. 

8:53 a.m. on August 12, 2013 (EDT)
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Thanks for bringing Trailspace along on your first solo journey, and thanks for sharing such nice pictures!

8:14 a.m. on August 13, 2013 (EDT)
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Thanks, Seth! That cap came in handy that weekend - one of the last warm summer weekends we'll probably get up here in IL! Much appreciated, and it'll be coming out with me on my next trip, too!

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