I decided to finally jump on the bandwagon and get a smartphone. For those of you who know me you can appreciate how big of a deal this was. I just haven't seen the need to pay ridiculous amounts of money so I can see what everyone is doing on Facebook this exact moment and I have somehow I have managed to get by not checking my email until I get home in the evening. With all of that said I know there are lots of perks to these fancy phones and the cheapskate within finally gave in.
There is a saying within the hiking community, hike your own hike. Some people oppose a lot of electronics on the trail. Detracting from nature, a dangerous crutch etc. I understand the disadvantages of relying on a little piece of plastic and glass but I also see how handy it can be. With pay phones disappearing I will be able to check in with family, coordinate mail drops, and make town stays more efficient plus I can journal when I feel up to it. I still prefer the good old map and compass route but I will also have a backup set of maps available offline (thank you halfmile). I'm sure there are other uses but those are the big ones right now. So as long as I have service and power and don't break the silly thing this lovely little iPhone will be making my journey with me. Now I just need to learn to use it.
On that note this is my first time posting with the phone so be kind.
The photos are from a quick overnight this week. More details later...