Yesterday, I left you sipping a hot cup of tea, trying to recover from a looonnnngggg day of hiking.This is where we camped for the night. I was really quite thrilled that we were the only ones there. Superman, Adam and I snuggled up in the tent, which turned out not to be very comfortable. I think Adam and I tossed and turned every 15 minutes. Superman was thoughtful in giving me the sleeping bag, but didn’t realize the blanket he had for himself wasn’t long enough to cover his knees. So he woke up in the middle of the night rustling about, with the headlamp on, digging around for some clothes to put on. At night the wind whips up and the temperature drops pretty quickly.
While waiting for the water to boil, we snack on some hooti-erbs, (or as some of you more sophisticated may say, appetizers.) When backpacking, one must consider weight and freshness. Apples? Too heavy. Cheese? Good for first day.
As every good Boy Scout knows, when handling a knife, be aware of the “blood circle”. (I have total respect for this idea after seeing a bunch of knuckleheaded 10 year old boys running around with pocket knives, but when my guys explained it, I died laughing.) The Blood Circle is the arms length area around you that could possibly cut someone if you have a knife in your hand. So here is Thomas demonstrating this safety measure.
Before retiring to our sleeping quarters, we had to tie up a “bear bag”. Bears have a highly sensitive sense of smell and can sniff out peanut butter and granola bars from miles away. The bears don’t care that your food is the tent, they’ll get through the nylon tent like its Saran Wrap.
Day 2 we arose to chilly temperatures that warmed up quickly. Breaking down camp was quick and easy, so after two cups of coffee we were ready to go. Our shuttle driver warned us about a bike race that would be happening when we got to Carver’s Gap, so we were hoping to see a hot dog stand.
Ok. Maybe not.
The end of day 2. I’ll finish up tomorrow telling you about this adventure of mine. I’ve even come up with a top 10 list of things I learned from my first backpacking experience, which I know you won’t want to miss!
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