Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Lowden State Park

On Saturday, April 21, 2012, I drove from my house to a private park on the Kishwaukee River just outside of Rockford for an overnight stay with some friends from  On the way, I stopped for a short hike at Lowden State Park near Oregon, IL.  It was a nice spring day in Illinois and I got to use my trekking poles for the first time.  I have my pack weight down to 22 pounds.  As of now, that will likely be my average weight for the next few hikes.  I know where I can make some weight losses in the future, but I would have to upgrade some of my gear.  I don’t want to do that just now, so I’ll just enjoy the stuff I currently have.  During this hike, I tried to climb up a steep section of trail which was closed.  I slipped, fell and ended up sliding down the mud about 25 feet.  So then I took another interesting little trail that climbed up the bluff through the woods and came out just under the Blackhawk statue plaza.  I continued to traipse around the park for about two hours and then decided to head up to the “Wing Night.”

It is getting easier to pack now that I have a system in place.  Also, I have a pretty well set gear list.  So depending on the weather forecast and the amount of water I must carry, my load will vary between 21 and 28 pounds for the next few months.


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