I have a tiny little red notebook that has been a lot of places and held a lot of information, but now only has half a leaf of empty space. It's basically this, with lined paper. I went to Labyrinth on Tuesday since they're a listed vendor for that brand, and ended up getting something a little bigger than my old one: a small flexible notebook with 300 plain pages, also in red. It won't be quite as easy to lug about, but my old one was a touch cramped at times. I don't like the new cover material as much (it doesn't feel as nice), but that's okay.
Since I'd rather not keep the old one around (more clutter), I'm trying to digitalize anything interesting. In doing so, I discovered a page that reads as follows.
JMT - Day 1 got permits early, started late afternoon got into camp at dark, stayed at half dome hiker's campground. day 2 made it to sunset camped a little past 130 mosquito bites kept going w/ no breaks once we hit the mosquitos. day 3 thunderstormy. got to lyle canyon day 4 more thunderstorms had to pitch tent to wait it out camped just before Donahue pass day 5 lots of lakes
Not so bad for one little page. I gave up on journaling the JMT and the next ten pages are fill with brainstorming for foodstuffs--everything from cafe menu ideas to dinner parties, muffins to salads, simple dinners to homestead productions, ravioli fillings to cookies. I obviously was not pleased with the backpacking food and needed something to obsess about as I hiked. Good times.
I think I'm going to try and do this more incrementally for my new notebook: when a page no longer contains unique information to be revisited, I'll draw a slash across it. We'll see how it works. This is all part of a larger scheme to get more organized.