We visit with Harold and Janette, who share their stories and photos of hiking in British Columbia, and we decide that soon we will do the Coastal Hiking Trail in Pukaskwa National Park together. I prefer to do it by kayak so we can take more of the comforts of home, but Janette is adamant about staying on land. We agree that we need to start acquiring better gear and that we will use sections of the Bruce Trail to practice for the Coastal Trail. We know we will need to do some longer treks and some overnight expeditions – especially as we get further away from home.
Santa is paying attention because for Christmas we get a Mountain Equipment Co-op membership, new hiking boots, new day packs, and, for me, a new GPS watch! Dean knows I am a technophobe so he is expecting that watch to migrate to his arm eventually. I am determined to learn how to use it, or at least use it enough.