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California Dreams

I am beginning to think that this place is alot like Alaska...
 I how now been living here one full month and I am almost 100% positive that I should have taken that darn left in Arizona, because there is no way this place is California. Where is the heat, the sun, the beautiful people on the beaches, my sun warmed chaise and a pina colada?  So far, all I have seen is cold wind, snow, mountain men, fat squirrels, and my tent walls. Not that I am complaining that much about mountain men... seriously the female/male ratio out here is skewed in a very favorable way. Which, again, leads me to believe that I am living in Alaska.

I am also completely cut off from civilization. Did I mention that I haven't even seen the news in over a month? I rely solely on the information I can glean from wayward tourists, visitors and my parents. If there was a nuclear explosion that took out the whole east coast I wouldn't have the faintest idea. Its a little frightening, but then again, it is al…

Christmas In July?

So, before I even begin with today's tale  I must explain. I know I have been an absolutely horrid bloggeress in neglecting you dear readers for such a long time. But you must understand! I have to walk such a long way to get internet, and I work at a grill  8 hours on me feet all day and...well I kinda have to admit that I perhaps go out with friends a wee bit too much... But its all good, cause I have a story for you now.

By now you know that I live in the deep dark woods, in the middle of nowhere, in a hut/tent/humble abode. Its all good though because I at least I have electricity, a heater, and my stuffed unicorn Fernando, and a hot shower not all that far away.  Plus the buffet here has some kick butt peach cobbler so really its starting to feel like home. Its not much above survival level but I am not complaining.

Last night however... the power went out.  Not only did it go out, but I was in a very compromising situation when it decided to leave. I was in the shower... in…

Lessons Learned in the Great Dark Woods

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So, I have almost been here living in this tent, in this great forest, for an entire month. I feel the need to recap on the wonderfully useful lessons I have been forced to learn for the sake of my very survival. I doubt I would need to know these things if I lived in the city again, and for you city slickers out there, this is probably absolutely useless information, but I am going to force it upon you anyway. Here goes...

1) Never believe a local when they tell you  it will just be a "short easy walk" 2)There are worse fears than bear and deer out here 3) It is possible to have a bladder of steel, 3a.m. bear sightings make sure of that. 4) When you are exhausted enough, you will sleep. 5) Do not underestimate the streets smarts of a raccoon 6)  Out of every 100 friends, "sane" friends will make up roughly .2%... if your lucky 7)  Do not climb rocks in your tight jeans, you will moon an entire population of Japanese tourists 8) Sleep deprivation is the key to succ…

Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh My!

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Well I have certainly had my fill of the wildlife within the last two weeks since I have begun my life in the wilderness.  Did I ever mention I live in a tent? Oh yes, a legitimate 2 person tent... a hut if you will.  Under my hut lives a racoon. Apparently, he is a permanent resident of the area and his name is Tido. He lives under my hovel along with a large eared mouse name Fivel, as in Fivel Goes West.  Yea, its adorable I know. Until Tido and Fivel decide to eat your stuff, and bang around like hungry bears all night. Laying awake and wide eyed at midnight waiting for an ominously large paw to come swipe your face away is not so cute, or cool.  I can't tell you how many a night my new darling roommate and I have spent fearfully gathering our shaky courage to peek out our flimsy screen window into the dark night only to find Tido playing catch with someone's beer bottle. I think they do it on purpose. Cheeky bastards.

Then of course there are the deer. I walk into one every…

On Top of Old Smokey

So living in a the park is a whole experience unto itself.  I have done so many things in the past week alone its hard to know where to even begin. One thing I have become oh so acutely aware of is that even though I may have spent a month or so at this altitude already, my lungs have not yet given up their flat-lander ways. I was under the impression that I would only need a few days to adjust the increase of 2000ft. Well folks, after taking a 6 hours hike up a 2000 ft plus waterfall I must admit I was clearly wrong.
On my first day off I decided to hike to the top of one of the local waterfalls. I was told, by locals of course, that it was just an easy 2 hour hike, it wouldn't be a problem. The views were spectacular and the trail itself was a must do. So I thought to myself... why not? At the first vertical incline I merrily marched my way to the top, at the second incline I casually strolled to its peak. On the third hill I began to find myself pretending intense interest at the…