Spring forward on the Lone Star Trail. 8.5 miles and the completion of the trail for Kenny.

We got started at 6:38 this morning after springing forward an hour for daylight savings time. We hiked by headlamp till the sun came up. It was very swampy and still flooded from the hurricane. My favorite section of this trail has been majorly changed by the flooding.

About mile 95 the rain started coming down. We ran into a couple thru hikers headed into the rain. When we reached the trials end at 10:10 I met a guy who had attempted to thru hike, got to mile 19 and hurt his ankle. He was just getting back to his car.

Now to go pick up the zuki at the other trail head. A good 30+ mile weekend for us. And Kenny has now completed the whole trail too!

Osprey Levity 60L First Impressions.

I am out on my first trip with Osprey’s Levity. 21 miles today, and I got it all adjusted and comfortable. For the past few years I have been carrying an Exos 38. I also had a 58, but almost never used it. I intended to get the Levity 45… but the weight difference in a medium is 1.6 ounces. Roughly 1/10th of an ounce per extra liter. So I got the 60.

“But, it doesn’t have waistbelt pockets!” You will say. No, it doesn’t. And I liked those on my Exos. But the weight savings is worth it. 25 percent reduction over the Exos. My Levity comes in at 1.9lbs.

I like the solid material rear pockets vs he mesh of the Exos. I have a feeling those are going to hold up longer.

It looks to me that a Z fold sleeping pad could fit nicely just over the Levity logo with a bit of cord. I’ll have to try that at home when I am not using my inflatable.

I started this trip with 11lbs + food and water. I loaded up on water for a dry damp tonight and put the pack in the mid 20’s to see how it would carry and it purrs along comfortably.

I like it. I think the 45 liter is probably the Goldilocks. But I’m not sorry I got the 60. It cinches up well with a nice latch system.

Spring forward on the Lone Star Trail. 21.8 Miles

We finished our shuttle Friday night about nine. We hiked in about a half a mile till we found a tiny spot under the trees we could each get our tent setup.

Saturday morning we were both up early. We headed off by headlamp at 6am. We headed over to the San Jacinto river where we met a couple thru hikers trying to cross as well. We found a fallen tree, and I went across first. As I walked the log a few feet above the water, I came to a part with no bark and it was slick. I quickly straddled the log. Kenny thought I was going in. Once I got back on the bark I walked on across. Kenny was smarter and shimmied his way all the way over. The guys from the Yukon and Wisconsin waded.

Kenny and I headed on to Double Lake campground and stopped in for the restroom and water. The thru hikers caught up and we visited a bit before heading into the honeycomb of trails full of dayhikers. For about 5 miles we saw lots of people. We had 10 miles for the day by 1030 and stopped for a snack. The next few miles were very muddy and hadn’t drained well since the hurricane last summer. Nothing like the last time I was through this section.

At about mm85 on the trail we came to a sign saying there is a scheduled burn out here tomorrow.

At 19 miles for the day we stopped for a snack at about 3:30.

About 445 we cross out of the burn area and setup camp a couple hundred feet the other side of a pipeline. 21.8 miles for the day. We setup tents and for inside to avoid the mosquitos. A grand day.