I just got back from a week in McCall, Idaho & my soul is completely refreshed. I’m blissed out & sleepy from a long day of travel, so I’ll leave you guys with these pictures until I can find the words to add to them.
Say hello to my little friends.
There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as getting caught in a thunderstorm while riding your bike home from work.
And now I get to have a cozy afternoon with my pups.
Sewing, cleaning & reorganizing gear, baking things.
Everytime I repack my backpack, I can’t help but think of this video (http://youtu.be/vC8gJ0_9o4M) & leave myself a surprise treat to find when I’m hot, tired & dusty.
If you need a good laugh, watch all 3 minutes of it. It’s an old one but damn if I don’t giggle uncontrollably everytime. :)
"Keep close to Nature’s heart. Break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."
— John Muir
(Source: whats-out-there, via thatkindofwoman)
Any week that I get to go camping twice is a good week in my book…
Pack in 2.5 miles to our “off the trail secret fishing lake”, catch lots of fishes, pack another 2 or so miles to another lake for a friends bday party. Whiskey. Sleep. Pack out 5 miles & go get milkshakes & burgers.
Packed in to our “secret” spot only to find out that it’s no secret at all. Sadly watched as some gluttonous yahoo kept 8 huge fish out of this tiny (unstocked) paradise. I’m all for a nice trout dinner, but I do think it’s important to think about where you’re taking from. Shortly afterwards, we watched in horror as 20+ Boy Scouts scampered in, quickly threw their stuff all over ours & fanned out to conquer the lake. With barely a word, we waded back to our stuff, packed up & got the heck out of that chaotic scene.
(I will note that this was likely some sort of “advance karma” for the havoc we would wreak that night at our birthday party campsite.)
We packed in the rest of the way to meet our friends & were delighted to find the very best swimming lake ever. The water was so warm! After a mostly uphill hike, it was so refreshing to jump in & swim around. All 7 of us had brought whiskey & that should tell you a little about the night that followed.
We woke up to a beautiful sunrise & after a leisurely morning, we packed up & headed out. About a mile in, we came across a man who was looking for help for an injured hiker up the trail. We headed up to see what we could do & I ended up putting my Wilderness-EMT skills to use by taping up a probable sprain & moving the woman to a shady spot. The couple had already contacted the Sherriff Department & had DCSO heading their way by horse to help evacuate her. We made sure they had plenty of water & then were on our way. We got back to the car & headed to the brewery for our post-trip treats. I tell you what, that milkshake tasted good!
I was stoked to be able to help out in a medical situation, but it made me aware of how lazy I’ve gotten as far as carrying a good backcountry med kit. I definitely need to start carrying tape at the very least. What do y’all pack for backcountry first aid?
Last night we went out to one of my favorite alpine lakes with some friends. It was a quick trip since we had to work today, but in the last 16 hours…
- I saw one million tadpoles the size of a quarter.
- I tested out my new waders.
- I had a bat fly into me while fly fishing.
- I saw the moon set over the rock rim all to myself
- I saw 7 shooting stars
- I woke up at 5am to one of the prettiest sunrises I’ve seen in awhile, the cliffs were awash in red & orange.
Definitely worth the early hike out. I love starting my day off in the woods.
Girls night + taco trucks + ice cream trucks = !!!
Also I caught a cactus fight on film.