So here I am, a mere 4 days away from my departure and I am feeling like my world is in total chaos! The saying "So much to do and so little time" has taken on a whole new meaning. The biggest stressor is packing. I've laid out everything I think I should pack (see the image above of what used to be my parents pool table and is now my main packing head quarters), and then packed it...not even close to fitting in my 45-pack. So I unpacked and begrudgingly took away some clothes and other items. Then I repacked. Again, no good. So I unpacked. This process went on and on through the night, and continues to go on even now. The last round was much better, but I'm still not happy with the near 30 lbs I will be carrying on my back. I think it's finally time to test this thing out with a nice long hike. I will get back to you with the results.