Forecast: 91 degrees F; overcast turning sunny later in the day
It was not a good morning.
I woke up early (I always do when I’m nervous) with my mind racing on what I needed to do for that day. Did I have everything?
- jeans (necessity)
- Discovery t-shirt with a tank top underneath (in case it got too warm for a t-shirt)
- hiking boots (Should I wear a double pair of socks? I haven’t hiked in ages.)
- undies (none of your business!)
- spare batteries
- water bottle (courtesy of Discovery Education)
- maps of park
- map to park (I don’t trust my GPS skills to guide me anywhere important yet)
- information about lunch
- Discovery Geocaching Day package (unopened)
- box with sharpened pencils and swag (rubber bracelets from school)
- charged cellphone with numbers of teammates plugged in already
- extra $40 (just in case)
- credit/debit card (just in case)
I wasn’t taking a purse with me. When out in a state park, travel as lightly as possible.
I gave myself an hour and a half to get there. I had to get gas and put some power steering fluid in my car.
The gas pumps weren’t working at the first place I tried. My debit card wouldn’t read at the second place. I used over 20 minutes trying to get my car fueled. It took me another 10 minutes to get breakfast. Still I had an hour of travel time and the park was closer than I thought it would be.
I forgot to figure in the time spent waiting in line to get into the state park. Lucky me. I got in behind a boat. As I entered the park at 9:15, a sign read “Trails closed due to wet conditions.” Would this affect my day?