Up and out! The return to the car was relatively uneventful, as it was mostly downhill, and the only odd thing happened about two hours from the parking lot.
As we were walking along, we suddenly heard a loud, crashing through the brush, as if a mad Bull Elephant was headed our way!!! We turned, thinking, “Oh, boy, here we go!”, and saw the top half of a dead tree falling through the nearby tree branches, and underbrush! After it hit the ground with a resounding thump that we could feel 50 feet away, I was able to breath again…I think I’d held my breath for the entire fall!!!
I was sure we’d been had…Adrenaline still pumping, we make our way back to the lot, weary but satisfied that we’ve had a great adventure, with lots of pictures, and video to document our sojourn.
I’ve learned a couple of things on this hike…
One: don’t drop your boot in the creek…It’s gonna be painful…Two: Don’t try to run bent over with a pack on your back…That, too, is going to be painful. Three: Do go with a friend that you can trust, and enjoy their company. It makes the mileage go by quickly, it’s nice to share the adventure, and it’s good to know that your back is being watched…Especially when you need help swatting at angry yellow jackets!!!