I went backpacking (solo) a couple of weeks ago while the little girls were at their grandmas' houses.
I hiked 6 miles the first day, at least 16 miles the second day and 14 miles the third day. Started and ended at Santa Barbara Campground. Made it to the top of North Truchas Peak, one of three 13,000-foot peaks in New Mexico.
I saw a herd of elk, two groups of bighorn sheep, several marmots (aka rock chucks) and a few pikas. I didn't even know the pika lived in New Mexico and it's one of my favorite animals.
I'll stop right there and let you think this was the smoothest, most successful backpacking trip I've ever experienced. Any questions?