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My name is Lori. In August, 2014, I plan to hike the Camino de Santiago trail. Feel free to join me on my adventure by following me on this blog.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Down to the Wire

The smarty pants I am...I just figured out how to make a new post, including pictures, to my blog from my iphone.
I have been doing some odds and ends shopping, and thought I would write a post to keep you informed. Remember the tent stakes that I fired from my last trip?? Here is a picture of them. This picture actually gives the lip on the stake too much credit. My stakes seem to have even less of a lip.
Now here is a picture of the stakes that I just purchased:
Titanium "ascent" stake
Hopefully the little extra lip on these stakes will keep my tent from blowing off of them in the heavy wind and rain.

I also splurged and got myself a new backpacking pillow. Until now, I have been using an airplane neck pillow. It has worked well, is light weight, but is a little bulky for my pack. Now I will be using the NEMO fillo backpacking pillow. This is a pillow with some padding to make it soft, and has a port to blow it up, making it big enough to keep a comfortable position all night (hopefully). I also got a new digital sports watch. I never wear a watch, but needed something on the trail so I don't have to use my phone so much. The watch has a display that lights up for night time use, is water-resistant, keeps track of the date, and has an alarm clock. Just what I needed for just $12. Thanks, Amazon! 
Last, but not least. I have been educated once again by the Good Badger. Lyme desease on the Appalachian Trail
Though this seems like a scary thing to deal with, I am choosing to use the information to educate myself and better prepare myself. I purchased some Permethrin to help protect myself. I will have some more sent to me every 4 weeks in a drop box.
For all my hiking buddies: Please read the Good Badgers post, and take precautions.

I almost forgot!
I will be using the trailname "Passionflower". (At least until someone on the trail changes it to something more embarrassing, I am sure)
Enjoy my new theme song.
Passionflower, by Jon Gomm


  1. Awesome post from your phone. Good to know it is so easy! :) And I am also glad that I could help you find your trail name. I didn't know that was a thing. But I love that song, and it fits you!! "Weakness is not your weakness." You are a strong amazing woman, and I am so excited for you to take this adventure!

  2. when are you starting your hike? i'll be starting on april 2. hope your planning is going well!

  3. Mavkenzie, it looks like march 22 for me. Hopefully we will run into each other!

    1. Certainly! I'd love to hear more about your planning in future blog posts.

    2. March 21 approach trail for me, so I'll see you out there!

  4. hello,
    it looks realy good. my girlfriend and me are going to start at 19th of march. Would be nice to meet you in the green tunnel.

    greets from germany, sebo


  5. Look forward to seeing your hike!

    Ridley '10

  6. Hey Lori,

    Tim here. I'm planning on leaving on march 11th, staying at the hiker hostel on the 10th and I live in Sarasota! I think I saw it listed on your blog somewhere. If you do live in srq, do you want to have lunch or something to chat about our upcoming adventure? Let me know. :)

    1. Tim,
      Definitely, lets get together ASAP! I leave 3/22 from Springer. You will be ahead, but maybe I will catch up. Shoot me an email at lori_nurse@yahoo.com and give me your contact info. We can get together and talk AT