This will be the last post on Management Craft for two-weeks except for an awesome podcast with Brendon Connelly that I have cued up for next Monday. See you after Labor Day!
Caption: Cat Paris considers which backpack would be more fun to to jump into. Pick red.
I was packing for a two-week solo trip to New Mexico and noticed I was packing two backpacks with very diverse things inside. The trip is not really a vacation; I am doing research for a book I am writing about New Mexico. I know – tough job – but someone has to do it!
The first backpack, I will carry onto the plane. It´s my electronics backpack and in it is:
ibook laptop and cord
Freshly loaded ipod Nano, holder, cord and DC charger
Digital camera, charger, and cord
M-audio Microtrack Field recorder, mic, 2 cords
External hard drive and cord (to hold all the digital pics and field podcasts!)
1 Gig thumb drive
Extra memory card
Cell phone and charger
Moleskine reporter notebook
Book for the plane (Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros)
Three pairs of prescription glasses (regular, reading, sun)
Few extra batteries
Good grief that´s a lot of stuff! I better not lose it.
The second backpack — I will call the fun sack — will be packed inside a larger suitcase with all my clothes and such. In the fun sack, I have:
Guidebooks and map.
Rain gear (it is still monsoon season)
2 Nalgene water bottles.
1 Box of GU — Chocolate Outrage
2 Hiking poles
1 First Aid Kit
1 Flashlight, with 2 batteries taped to it
1 clippy thing for clipping things (probably more of a fashion statement).
1 Smaller bag that attaches to my waste belt for the camera and field recorder.
The only items that are likely to visit both backpacks are the three pairs of glasses, digital camera, ipod, and field recorder. Perhaps the cell phone, but it´s not likely to going to work anywhere I am going.
There are a few items I will buy once there like mosquito spray, pepper spray, sunscreen, and a case of water.
If I were traveling purely for pleasure, I would try to leave the gadget backpack at home. It´s a good thing I have a big trunk on my rental car!
If you are interested in New Mexico or would like to follow along with me on my trip, subscribe to Chile Pepper High. I will be loading pics using Flickr and posting podcasts using Hipcast.
OK — Here´s something you can use against me one day. As I am writing this, I am in a good mood. Why? Sure, I am going on a great trip. Yep, life is good in general. But what has me particularly bubbly is the music I am listening to from — are you ready — Yanni.