Cindy will be traveling with a sponsored Roving Blue O-Pen™ Tactical Black portable water purification device in support of her cause. We asked Cindy to share a little of her background with us as she prepares for her adventure:
Cindy: “OK, let me start out by saying that I have Behcet’s Disease (rare autoimmune disease). I also love backpacking! I go as often as my schedule allows. I love waking up to the sound of birds, opening my tent door to see the orange of the sunrise over mountain tops AND I love the solitude. All my problems seem so small when I’m enveloped by nature.
I also value the hardships that comes with this sort of isolative, physically and mentally painful exercise. After a couple days of isolation, your mind starts to rebel. After seeing countless trees, wildflowers, etc. your mind wants more. This is the best! Yes, I know many of you avid backpackers are saying “The best part! Are you crazy?!” But it’s true. It’s an amazing opportunity to practice quieting your mind. The first few backpacking trips I did, I spent a huge part of it struggling mentally. I was frustrated. But after each one, the time of mental agony, reduced. Now I don’t experience the mental struggle at all. I’m able to quiet my mind instantly.
I’ll be backpacking from South Lake (near Bishop, California) to Dusy Basin in the Sierra Nevada’s in 2.5 weeks. So excited! I love backpacking in the Sierra Nevada’s and talking to people on the trail about my cause and answering specific questions about Behcet’s Disease. I love the alpine lakes and how you’ll be in forest and suddenly all the trees fade away. It’s exhilarating and makes me feel free! I’m heading to Switzerland in October to do some unforgettable backpacking and the Salton Sea area in November.
I’m proud of my mission and hope there are a few more people that are aware of Behcet’s Disease!”
From all of us at Roving Blue, have a wonderful adventure in the Sierra Nevadas Cindy!