“bury your crap and return”

August 20, 2008 § 1 Comment

swatting bugs
We went backpacking this last weekend to, ya’ know escape the city and the heat, and rejuvenate in nature. The blurry picture of me swatting bugs away from my face explains the trip well. It looks like I’m smiling but I might have been crying. Highlights of the trip included 90+ degree weather, near heat stroke, 2300′ elevation gain and a bad map. Did I mention the bugs? When we finally arrived at the little lake nestled deep into the Bull Run Wilderness we filtered some murky lake water to drink, went swimming with the orange bellied salamanders until we couldn’t stand the bugs anymore and then hunkered down in the tent until it was time to eat. I’m mostly being sarcastic but I loved the salamanders. After eating we spent some more quality time in the tent listening to flies buzz around and around. Of course clouds rolled in and we saw one star through the little tent window. Luckily we didn’t sleep very well so we could go out and put up the rain fly when it started to rain. We made it out of there and returned the crap shovel to the trail head before 11am (“bury your crap and return”-hand carved instructions on national forest sign). Oh, I’m not sure if I mentioned the heat and profound sweating.

I started working on my OK mittens again in the tent. I’m using a different mitten pattern because the other one had short rows that made incorporating the dot pattern much to difficult. I decided no to felt them, but I’ll knit in a lining like the other mittens I’m working on for extra warmth.

I didn’t get very many pictures due to my energy level but we were truly in beautiful surroundings. I would recommend this hike in early summer when the rhododendrons are blooming, the moss is green and the pikas are meeping. I would also recommend some physical activity for my self. I took a nap in the car and for 2 hours when we got home. Lars ran 12 miles. It took my calves two days to recover. Next time I want to escape the heat I’ll head to the coast with everyone else, or buy a baby pool for my porch.

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§ One Response to “bury your crap and return”

  • Ryan says:

    So paul has decided he wants to go backpacking, and this story…not making me want to go. You realize that your other backpacking story also involved extreme weather. I think you’ve got the better mountains over there too, ours all look deserty.

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