Another thing... lessons. My lesson for that day was not to do two long portages like that in 1 day. But if I have to, I can! (= I was a little surprised that we didn't bond more as a group. I thought part of that could be that we couldn't spend much time around the fire or together at night because of the bugs. But usually intense experiences like these bond people more. The other thing I thought was that Sue and Terry have been friends for 22 years and Lorrie and I are a couple. So pairing off made sense or was just easier. Not a big deal, just an observation.
I liked doing a week out there. Two night and 3 days isn't enough time to shut out the world. Six nights and seven days gave me time to shut down from electronics and really commune with nature... especially those mosquitoes! We definitely became one! That part I could have done without! I need the strongest repellent known to man!
Another thing I recognized was my irritability with Lorrie early on. I think it was my nervousness about what we were doing. It's something I need to be aware of at times when I'm doing something new. Neither of us liked how we talked to each other for short periods of time during the first couple days. But we talked about it and took care of it right away. A good learning experience!
I can't wait for next time! (=
Gadgets we Need
- Orange emergency flag
- Hammock (A must have!!)
- Tree hugger gadget holder
- Bag for pots and pans
- Two-burner stove
- Triangle stools ($10 each)
- Canoe chairs
- Deet spray (or nuclear bug spray if available!)
- Water filter bag (Ketadyne)
- Nu-skin for my scar (Hey! It's my list! I can be gross if I want! heheh)
- Tea kettle
- Head lamp (for Lorrie)
- A new camping hat for Lorrie )=