For the last five months we have been living in our tents. To have 4 walls, a ceiling, wifi, electricity, and running hot water has been quite the luxury the very few times we’ve had it. I could maybe count on my hands the times we’ve had all of those things at once since we started this. What a strange thing that when we return, we’ll have all of those things at once and it will be permanent. They will just all be around almost all the time. It’s gonna feel a little strange.
Our thoughts have been on our imminent return to the real world for the last few days. It is currently our second to last day on Kauai. Soon we will be back to Colorado and we’ll have to find jobs and housing and all that jazz. I’m sure a little while from now when I’m in a job working I’ll look back wistfully at good times like this very morning. It is 9:15 am and I am laying in a hammock, drinking a breakfast beer, and listening to waves crash on Polihale Beach.
I would definitely describe our feelings on returning as bittersweet. We’ve had a great time and a wonderful adventure. We have seen so much. We’ve traveled through 4 states, mostly on foot. We saw more of California than we ever wanted to see. We have been in desert, dry mountains, wet mountains, very high elevation mountains, cold northern beaches, and hot tropical paradise. And we have been free of the 40 hour workweek grind for almost 5 months now. It’s great to just do what you want when you want to do it.
But on the other hand we are quite ready to return to normal society and normal life. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows out here. We are ready to have normal hygiene. On the PCT we had terrible hygiene and never quite got used to it. And I mean terrible. The stink has still not quite left my armpits. Going camping for a week and not showering is one thing. Having poor hygiene for the long term is something else entirely.
Another thing we are excited for is the privacy of living in a house. It does get old sleeping in tents close to others in tents. You don’t get much privacy from strangers. That’s been interesting on Kauai. There’s a lot of tourists camped close by and plenty of permanently homeless camped nearby. There was an interesting morning recently when the always present chickens started crowing and woke the whole campground up at 4:30 am. This was a small campground with quite a few tents packed closely. It woke up this young couple who, as we realized the night before, did not understand how well sound travels when you’re in tents. So this couple started loudly talking and laughing. Then they got quiet, and then some strange noises starting issuing from their direction. It became very obvious to the whole campground what they were doing. Then they got louder, in ways I won’t describe in this blog. It was pretty uncomfortable, and another reminder of how nice it will be to be back in society.
But how will we feel when we are back in society, back indoors? No longer breathing the open air and hearing the sounds of nature all around. We have become very accustomed to this life. I’m not sure how it will feel, but I know it is time to return.
Overall, it has been a pretty amazing time. Not everything has been fun and easy, but that’s why it’s called an adventure. We have seen a great many things, met some very interesting people, and pushed our boundaries farther than ever. I can’t wait to see what life has in store next.
Pinion and Sage
P.S We have more pictures from Kauai that we will be sharing once we get HOME! But please enjoy some of our favorites from the whole trip below.