Backpacking has made us thankful...

posted Nov 28, 2018, 3:44 PM by Paul Wagner
Yes, of course we are grateful for so many things, including living in a wonderful place and getting out into the mountains pretty much whenever we want, now that we are full retired.  And if you've read this blog at all, you know that we do get out as often as we can, whether that be on backpacking trips, day hikes, or even our van adventures in the Southwest last spring.

But the other day P was in a small local restaurant and went to wash his hands before eating.  And guess what?  They had hot running water, soap and towels in that restroom.  It reminded him of the many times in the mountains when soap and warm water was a true luxury.  And yet here it was, for the asking. And he remembered the number of times that finding warm water and soap after a week on the trail was heaven on Earth.

There are lots of people who live in different parts of the world where something we take for granted is rare or even unknown.  And backpacking has made us more aware of some of those things, like soap and warm water. 

We wish everyone had access to them.  And we are grateful that we have them, even in a small time local restaurant.