Monday, November 4, 2013

178. Naps

When you're an extremely athletic unemployed hobo, you need to recharge your energy sometimes. Luckily, for all of the aforementioned qualifiers, you can nap whenever and where ever you want!

The unchallenged champion of the random nap was Catch. He was like the Hare in the Tortoise and the Hare. He would bound ahead, super fast, and then we would catch up to him an hour or so later, completely passed out in a patch of dirt in the sun. He had no shame in regard to when and where he decided to nap. It was often directly next to the trail. Sometimes it was on a rock in the middle of a river. One time we (literally) stumbled upon him, bundled up in only his sleeping bag, like a giant red caterpillar parallel to the trail, with an open, half-finished box of donuts on the ground by his head. He is a hero.

Without further ado, I present to you:

NAPPING!

Apollo: NAPPING!

Otto: NAPPING!

Grim: NAPPING!

Whistle: NAPPING! With her hair tied over her eyes to block out the sun.

Whistle and Clever Girl: NAPPING ON A FIRE TOWER!

My personal favorite! Clever Girl: NAPPING ON THE LAWN OF A BAR/PUB IN NEW JERSEY.
I had not a drop to drink. It was just time for a nap.

And, of course, Catch: NAPPING IN THE FACE OF MAJESTIC MOUNTAINS.
All of these photos were taken by the fabulous Dumptruck!

Dumptruck has started going through his 19,000 photos from the trail, so I'm going to be able to start putting some of them up here on the blog! He is working on putting a book together, and I am super excited about it. It'll probably be out by the holiday season! More updates about that as things go by.

In the meanwhile, here is his blog (that has a link to his website)! He hasn't put up much trail stuff yet, but if you are interested in his photo stuff, this is the place to go: http://mwphotographic.tumblr.com


Love,
Clever Girl

8 comments:

  1. very nice! but I must say the fire tower nap gave me a bit of a shiver down my backbone... yikes!

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    1. I would love to tell you not to worry, and that the fire tower was perfectly safe... but it was built close to 100 years ago and was very rickety. But it was good for catching the wind on a super hot day! I slept very, very well.

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  2. In a further affirmation of the long-distance hiker lifestyle...if someone appears in this photo series more than once they are wearing the same clothes! Also got a kick out of the fact that the ad on the bottom of this page right now is for Sleepy's Mattresses. The whole thing just makes us tired...

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    1. Haha, it's so true! We're always wearing the same clothing. That's too funny regarding the sleepy's ad!

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  3. So Dumptruck had to stay awake to take pictures of nappers? There's no justice I tells ya

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    1. Touche! He definitely also took good naps, but none of us did the decent thing to take photos of his unconscious body.

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  4. I vote someone else carries the photo gear when ya'll hike the PCT next year and for cryin' out loud let poor Dumptruck take a nap. ; )

    Also, very interested in that book you mentioned. (Bern)

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  5. Which pub in NJ? That's my neck of the woods.

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