A Quiet Time in The Woods

06/07/14

A Quiet Time in The Woods

A trip report for Boulder River
Posted by DawnShimabukuro
Road Issues: Road is great
Trail Condition: Minor obstacles, but hikeable
Bugs: Bring spray
Snow Level: No snow

This was our first official overnight hike-in backpack experience. We started on the trail at about 3p and arrived at the end if the trail at about 5:45...to find ourselves completely alone. It's an amazing feeling knowing that you are the only humans (in this case...) within 8 miles to the nearest road. We quickly set up camp and started a small fire, more for atmosphere than for need. We boiled up our water for the orange chicken and rice pack from REI, which really wasn't too bad considering dried food and the bad rap it usually gets. We finished dinner off with a piece of fruit and chocolate bar. Then the exhaustion of the day set in (working on a Saturday and then going for a hike makes for tired legs and sleepiness earlier than normal). Being right next to the river was fantastic, albeit a little loud. Our coffee early this morning was perfect (don't things always taste better when you take the time to appreciate them?). We started making our way back to the trailhead, slowly...it was hard to leave.

The only sad part of this trip was passing by the Oso landslide...it's really hard to grasp the immenseness of something like that, from the comfort of your living room at home...our hearts go out to the people who lost their lives and all those affected by this. While the beauty of the land is what draws us to hike and be immersed in the natural surroundings, it's sobering to know that Mother Nature is in control at all times.

"Fern Gully" at Ford Camp.

Oso landslide. Prayers for all affected.

Comments (1)

Such a great trip report, Dawn. Thank you for the photos and the reminder of the power of Mother Nature- in all her glory, and in the path of destruction too.