In 2019, I plan on heading out to a multi-day hiking and backpacking excursion somewhere in the mountains. I’m not sure where yet, but it will probably be Colorado or New Mexico. Since I’m not very experienced in backpacking, I asked my friend Kristy (who owns Urban Teahouse) to come with me to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in south central Oklahoma so I could start training with a loaded pack.
The recreation area is a really great place to hike, camp, and just relax. While I would never camp in this heat and humidity, I will hike through the heat because in this case, I knew there was a cold swim afterwards.
We did the 3.2 mile Bison loop. And while this sounds short, well, it actually is! But, with a 20 lb pack and no experience, this was a good start! There are loads of trails in the park and we will definitely go back when we can hike longer stretches and camp.