I heard the rustling and started to move, my adrenaline surging through my stiff muscles. Cushioned by balls of loose clothing on the rocky ground was hardly a thought as my competitive mind screamed - FIRST, YOU HAVE TO BE FIRST! I took a deep breath, muttering, calming my instincts for flight. I would never...
I awoke to sssssssssssssss, sitting straight up and gripping my sleeping bag to my sides. Somehow a snake had made it’s way through the mosquito netting into my new tarp! I looked around wildly, the soft voice in the back of my mind informing me that my butt was slowly settling to the ground. Frowning, I looked down to see my new inflatable sleeping pad completely flat. I had been told to use foam in the desert, due to all the thorny things, but the bright yellow pad was just so comfortable. Ah well, I would have to make do until I could find another pad.
My pack was wrapped in a plastic bag, and I easily spotted it moving towards me on the carousel. Fortunately, the airline supplied the bags, and it kept any miscellaneous items from falling out of the pack, and prevented plastic buckles from getting snagged as the pack was tossed about by indifferent baggage handlers. It's...
I slid down in my seat in the waiting area. I could see her slowly moving down the main aisle between the rows of seats, head swiveling from side to side as she searched with a look of questioning intensity. I had never seen her, but I knew "the look" - cargo pants, dessert shirt,...
I hung my head, counting the dusty, dry steps up the slight incline. I was settling into my stride for the day, having just left the parting of the waters on the divide. I was entering southern Yellowstone, and sung softly to myself, in beat with my pace. "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" was song of...
I had been bush whacking through thick undergrowth, up and down ridge after ridge. Barbara Frost would soon make sure I was “found” and back in town. My encounter with her was one of my more memorable trail experiences.
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