After backpacking trips, my partners and I love to grab a meal in whatever local town is around. Our favorite is Brunch in Louisville. I also REALLY love having something to look forward to when I get back to the car. Candy, an "iced" tea (melted or not as cold by now, depending on the temp and trip length), a change of clothes for sure.
What are your rituals and rewards?
Awesome topic here, enjoyed reading all the responses! For me, I always try to have some ice cold beers (Coors Banquet) waiting for me in my truck, along with some comfortable chairs for me and my hiking buddies. I cherish this time to talk about the trail....what went as planned, what we failed on miserably (this is the most fun topic), and what we want out of our next trip. This is also a good opportunity to spark conversation with strangers at the trail head!
Also, definitely can relate to finding the closest local restaurant around. A classic breakfast scramble with a side of biscuits and gravy always eases the trail pains away.
A clean shirt and Chacos. Also a craft brew whilst sitting on my tailgate.
@Bonfire - is that Louisville, KY or CO, or another one?
Louisville, KY, but some of my favorite hikes ARE in CO. 🙂
I put a carabiner clip on a cargo ring in the back of my SUV. My favorite way to end a warm-weather hike is to clip the dog's leash to the carabiner, give her a bowl of water, then sit on the tailgate with my boots off & drink a cold beer that's been waiting for me in a cooler in the car. After 15 minutes I feel I could do the hike all over again.
The BottleKeeper is a great product for those that want to discreetly enjoy an adult beverage in places where they are not allowed, such as all the local, state and national parks where I hike. It looks like a water bottle but actually holds a bottle of beer via the false bottom in the bottle.
I don't mess with laws or law keeping, so I just use the bottle. I am the SON OF MAAAN!!! 🙂