The other nice thing about tagging along on someone else's adventure is that I had to do very little planning. The ring leader of the operation, M, had us all over to her house for dinner on Friday night where she made us delicious food and we worked out the details. A had already picked out a great spot, the Snow Mountain Wilderness in the Mendocino National Forest. I do my work along the coast in salt marshes, where there aren't really any trees and even less mountain action, so I love exploring in areas like this. There were nine of us leaving together on Saturday morning and planning to return early Sunday evening, with another person meeting us up later on Saturday night. So, we split up meal/beer duties and decided that we only needed two cars. Everyone would sit close, but we would use way less gas, which, in a group of ecologists, is a prime concern.
I headed from the lovely dinner straight to the Co-op to get food for my meal, Saturday dinner. I was going to make burritos with guacamole and my dinner counterpart planned to make roasted vegetable packs to put in the burritos or eat on the side. I got my supplies and went home with the best of intentions intentions to make everything for my food contribution that night. Instead, I went to my room and set my alarm for early...I'd do all that stuff in the morning. We were planning to leave at 8am, and I didn't roll out of bed till 7:20. I hadn't packed a single thing. Oops. Lucky for me I keep most of my camping gear in a single location and this was only an overnight trip. I quickly threw all my stuff together in my backpack, went downstairs and threw all my food in a bag. No coffee yet, ugh, but I rolled up to M's house only 15ish minutes late, just as everyone was bringing their stuff outside to pack in the cars. Perfect timing actually. And M had coffee. A good woman.
|We blew a tire on the way to the campsite, |
but with our powers combined overcame
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|Old Forest Fire|
Last Word: After feeling sort of despondent after a few weeks of pretty intense work, getting out into nature totally recharged my batteries. As usual when traveling, I tried to make sure we took as few cars as possible. We brought and cooked almost all our own food (we stopped at a little Mexican joint on the way back out of the woods) and were careful to LNT (leave no trace) when we packed up our campsite. We also were very careful about our use of fire in the woods and made sure to get the proper permits. I also took lots of pictures and made sure to get thoroughly wow-ed by the natural splendor of the area. A very successful trip indeed.
|This is me, glorying.|