The scene in the spaceship this evening:
My pack is loaded up and officially ready for action, and tomorrow morning, with the van left under the watchful eye of the venerable Box Canyon Blogger, I'll set out on my first two-day trek. On foot.
With BCB's help, I've mapped out a modest 17 mile or so loop through the mountains above Ouray, with a stop along the way to camp in some remote nook of the forest before hoofing it back into town sometime on Sunday. 17 miles seems like far enough to get "out there" a good ways, but not so far that I'll die if I realize I forgot something important.