27: A Ripe Age to Experience Your First Hangover.

I assumed I awoke bleary-eyed because I stayed up 'til 2 a.m. reading peoples' Posterouses and leaving comments and writing yesterday's entry.  I was okay, if extraordinarily tired, as I rushed to TJ's and the local Mexican market for stuff to make chicken salad sandwiches.  Got everything chopped up and packed and ready for Big Basin.

On the car ride, I started to feel really sick--pounding headache, twisted-up insides, feeling like my eyelids were made out of silly putty.  All I wanted to do was crawl into bed, and the last thing I wanted was to hike 6 miles in that condition.  I'm lucky I didn't sick myself in the car.  It wasn't until we found a picnic table and I had my head down and my jacket tented over me when someone pointed out that it may actually be...a hangover.  I had never considered this possibility because, a) I have never been hung over in my life and b) I had maybe the equivalent of 2, 2.5 glasses of wine yesterday.

But wait, for someone who gets warm and fuzzy on half a glass of any liquor, and full on drunk on a full glass, I guess 2 glasses, even spaced out over an entire afternoon, was a bit much.  Plus, I probably could have drank more water.

I immediately reached for the Nalgene.  But in the end, what really kicked the hangover for me was eating the big generous slices of watermelon we had brought with us.  Water + Natural Sugar = Amazing Hangover Cure.  After that, and after scarfing the best chicken salad sandwich I've ever eaten, let alone made (the secret lay in the addition of ranch dressing), I felt human again.

So I actually managed the 6-7 miles we hiked through the Creeping Forest Trail and Doole Trail. AND I got to see my very first banana slug!  Two firsts (well, three actually--never been to Big Basin before) in one day.  Not bad! =D

5 responses

cool, i had my first hangover this weekend too :)

LOL you are ahead of the game!

i'm not sure whether to be proud or...well, i dunno :)

gimme the recipe of that sandwich... plzzz yummmmm

Sure thing:

1 pkg 'Just Chicken' from Trader Joe's, relatively finely diced
1/4 red onion, finely diced
2-3 stalks of celery, diced
2 spoonfuls or so of mayo
1 spoonful or so of ranch dressing
1 handful of cranberries
Several dashes of dried tarragon (or fresh tarragon would work too)
Pepper and salt to taste

Green leaf lettuce
Sliced tomato
Whole wheat bread

Voila. Lovely tarragon chicken salad sandwiches. Let me tell you, they
were delish!