|Our first view of the Bugs.|
|Ben posing with Critter Ridder. Black pepper and Capsaicin spray.|
|Ben spraying the car with Critter Ridder.|
|Apparently critters don't like to eat FJ Cruisers.|
|Deceptively cute, cable eating devil.|
The hike up to Applebee Campground is one of those moment. Granted I have never enjoyed hiking, but this hike completely crushed me physically and psychologically.
The trail is only 4 kilometers, and the grade, although steep, isn't outrageous. The tipping point was our packs. With 10 days of food, clothes, climbing gear, ropes, and various stuff to survive in the wilderness our packs were almost 100 pounds!
Once I had the beast on my back the shoulder straps started digging into my chest. So I pulled out some underwear, and shoved them behind the straps to provide extra padding. Only 10 minutes into the hike and my dignity was already disappearing!
|Self portrait of suffering.|
|Isn't this great!!! Such a nice hike.|
|Totally cracked. Note the underwear.|
|Is there a pack on me? I can't tell.|
|Looking down the valley.|
|The kitchen has running water, electricity, and gas stoves.|
|Almost to Applebee! You can see the Cain Hut in the upper left hand corner.|
Luckily my legs have recovered, but my mind will never forget the death march to Applebee Campgound.