Brilliant Backpacking Escapades and One Too Many Mosquitoes

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Day’s Verse:

I will both lie down and sleep; for You, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 4:8

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Well, we made it to Lake Annette. The 3.5 miles felt much longer than the real distance on the way up, because though the book says “only 1500 feet elevation gain,” what they don’t tell you is that it’s all at once in a series of long and grueling switchbacks that seem to go on forever. I felt pretty good until we stopped to rest at one point, after which my legs just decided they were tired of this whole hiking crap. The additional 35 lbs on my back didn’t help much, either. Zoe dripped sweat like a fountain; it formed in drops on her chin. I sweated copiously myself as we dragged ourselves up what felt like much more than 1500 feet. We met several groups going down, and each answered “You’re about halfway,” to my desperate inquiries. Only we weren’t, because we’d kept walking between groups: this only verifies my hypothesis that nobody really knows how far they’ve walked. When we arrived at the lake, Zoë and I were dismayed to see a family of young children, none of them over…oh, seven… troop by. They made it to the lake even before we did! Still, it took us less than two hours for the whole thing and that made us feel good. Continue Reading >>