Our first backpack overnight jaunt in 18 years was fun Saturday night. We enjoyed some success with our gear and also some failures, as is to be expected when one engages in a long-forgotten activity. Perhaps the most hilarious "fail" was with our matches. Matches are an unsung but absolutely vital component of ANY camping trip and most especially a backpack trip.
We picked a destination that would allow us to easily hang our pack with a minimum amount of cordage.
Why hang a pack? Critters--Especially rodents but also raccoons, skunks and who knows what else.
Many of our Dear Readers have had their pack food destroyed or robbed by critters. We know one Dear Reader who almost had their actual pack destroyed by rodents chewing into it to get to the food.
If we are going to become born-again backpackers and engage in this weighty activity more often, we must take adequate protection from the critters. "Back in the day" there was no real protection from the critters. Luckily, now we have Rat Sacks and that brings us to our first story for this Monday Morning Edition:
The Rat Sack Cache Bag "proudly made in Flagstaff, Arizona."
Here is a link to the company's history. You can navigate their links to learn more. Reading the testimonials is quite fun, especially the one about the drunk monkeys.
Ironically, the Rat Sacks were "born" the same year we last did a backpack--1996.
We were reading a Forbes article about Tiny Houses this morning and that led us to another website which led us to a forum which lead us to a video which led us to another website in Portland, Oregon, called "The Tiny House Hotel. Here is the sequence of links in reverse order, showing the latest "find" first and working back to what started the "process of discovery."
And so it goes....for The Morning Edition...
Glad you worked out some of the kinks in that trial-run backpack! We'll get the Grand Canyon done next season. The El Niño will provide the water!
Another month and you won't want to camp in that little bosque. Lovely crop of foxtails coming up there!
Sycamore? Looks familiar.....
Loved the dog story best. Thanks for the update on your backpacking trip. You can't be leaving for Idaho almost already! :(
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