Spring is here although you can’t see it through all the snow and ice in Blowing Rock as I write this today. Nonetheless, as warmer weather approaches, my Missus and I can enjoy some day hikes somewhere nearby. We both prefer day hikes over pack hiking for a variety of reasons. One, we can be less concerned about the things we need to bring in (or pack out). That allows us to relax and enjoy the scenery around us, which ultimately is the whole point of hiking. Also, our “furry” family members are “inside” dogs, so we can’t be away from home too long to make sure they are fed and walked. Last, my Missus will NOT sleep outside. She is more than willing to accommodate my love of the outdoors, but at the end of the day, she expects a hot shower, a good meal, and a warm bed. Since I appreciate her willingness to make hiking something we do together, I think it is a fair trade.