Nearly Wordless Wednesday:The Hiking Woman’s Prayer

Goshen Prong, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Goshen Prong, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Lord, thank you for the beauty that surrounds us. And please help me not to pee on my good shoes. Amen.

Lord, thank you for the beauty that surrounds us. And please help me not to pee on my good shoes. Amen.

21 thoughts on “Nearly Wordless Wednesday:The Hiking Woman’s Prayer

      • I used to hike with an old scoutmaster who advised us all to “make sure you’re staying hydrated! Check your pee’s not too dark yellow!!”


        I wasn’t old enough yet to know how to shade — but I sure side-eyed him with everything I had!

          • That too! Tho I just couldn’t figure for the life of me HOW he expected me to check the color.

            I dunno how hilly the terrain is where you hike — most of my experience has been in the Rockies — but I’ve always found facing upward while on a steep slope the best position for shoe-preservation. Just don’t tumble backward when trying to stand back up! #ifindtreetrunksgoodforgrabbing

  1. Get a small empty plastic water bottle, remove the lid, cut it in half diagonally, smooth the cut edge or cover it with sticky tape. Pee through it! I recommend practising a couple of times at a normal toilet in your house before using it on the trail, I found it harder than I expected to pee standing up!

    • We have only seen a couple of snakes this year because were not actively looking for them. We’ve focused heavily on the salamanders because the Smokies have the greatest diversity in the world. But I’m with you on the bugs. I don’t like being bitten by those little ones!

  2. I’ve always found facing downhill while bush peeing a bit safer – it’s easier to keep my balance (and thus not fall backwards while peeing) plus the pee doesn’t have a chance to run back downhill and get on my shoes.
    Another tip: check the landing area for prickly or wet grass or sticks, and make sure you’re not peeing in a bull ant nest.

      • That’s one thing I’ll have to look up before I hike in the States – we thankfully don’t have poison ivy. Though we do have a deceptively sharp and stabby grass called spinifex…

          • I looked it up for you because there are a couple of different grasses both called spinifex. Coastal spinifex is longer and bendy, like actual grass. Inland spinifex grows in tussocks, stiff and tough and unbelievably sharp. If you walk into a patch of some you’ll cut your legs to ribbons, though once you’ve spotted it it’s fairly easy to avoid the clumps. That particular genus is called Triodia. 🙂

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