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May | 2012 | Expect Delays | Page 2

Monthly Archives: May 2012

The sun, it burns. Literally.

You get two posts in one day because I skipped last week on my blogging schedule, so I’m doubling up everything this week to make up for it. Don’t you feel lucky?

Anyway. One thing I keep forgetting about is that I’m going to have to be vigilant about sunscreen when I’m hiking. I forgot all about it yesterday, and I got a very slight burn from being out in just the mile or so we walked to the museum and to the metro.

I burn very easily, and since there’s a history of skin cancer in my family, I’m more worried about it than the average person. UV exposure is just a bad idea in general, so of course this hike might be stupid. But I knew it was stupid for multiple reasons when I had the idea.

The thing that gets me about needing sunscreen is the weight. When I go swimming, I use three different types of sunscreen: a spray for my body, a oil-free lotion for my face, and a stick to get a good thick covering on my scalp.

I’ll probably have a hat for the trail, but I don’t think the spray would work as an all-over for me. For one thing, my face is super sensitive to chemicals too so I need lighter stuff for it on a good day. For another, carrying a spray like that seems stupid.

I guess I’ll just have to carry a bottle of lotion with me, and then mail additional bottles to myself in the mail drops. But does anybody have good suggestions for which sunscreen I should use? It’d be nice to not be coating myself in toxic chemicals while I’m on the trail, I imagine it’d be better for me AND the woods if I avoid that.

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Progress, or lack there of

It’s really hard for me to keep up with my plan for walking every day. It’s just too easy for me to succumb to my urge to stay inside. Or to say “I have so many things to do, when I finish X, I’ll go.” And then of course I procrastinate on “x.”

I convince myself not to go because it’s raining and I don’t own a raincoat yet. That’s probably going to be my first purchase, since my sister came over this weekend and gave me some new shoes. But I’m not going to have the cash for a good raincoat for a while, and I’m the type of person who likes to buy quality items in the first place so I’m not replacing them so often.

I’d love to actually get the raincoat that I’ll take with me on the trail. I’ve got some I like from REI and L.L. Bean, but they’re so expensive compared to how cheap I usually am. I’ve got to get over that.

I did walk a couple miles on Sunday, and probably at least a mile on Saturday. I went to the USA Science and Engineering Festival in D.C. and the exhibit hall was HUGE. I was mostly there to look around and have fun with my sister, but I also stopped by a booth run by the U.S. Forest Service and picked up some random information they had. I haven’t looked through it, but there were some things about identifying plants and animals and stuff. The idea was mostly for kids going out for day hikes, but I figure it can’t hurt.

On Sunday we also walked down the Smithsonian Museum of American Art for a concert by the Gamer Symphony Orchestra. Then we decided to be good and walk the few blocks to Metro Center to get the orange train, rather than riding on the red line a stop and transferring.

Sometimes I make good choices.

But I stand by my tweet from last week – if it was socially acceptable for me to walk around the trails here in my pajamas, I would be walking every day, no problem.

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