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My first trip was to Strawberry lake Recreation area in ND 2 weeks ago and was my fault it did not go well. There was a sign saying the trail was closed due to wet conditions with a picture of an ATV on it, so I thought it meant closed to ATVs...I was wrong. About 3 miles in a bridge was washed away and forced me to try a stream crossing. It did not appear to difficult so I hopped over and to my horror i sunk up to my knees in mud, and when I managed to get free also learned to tie my shoes tighter as I had to then dig through the mud to retrieve one of my boots.
After that it was prettty uneventful until I had my camp set up and a bunch of teenage idiots came around on a gravel road I did not know was there and were very loud and annoying, which led me to hike out in the dark rather than deal with them all night. The part I have left out so far is the ticks. I have never really had to much of a problem with them but between myself and my 2 dogs I picked off 112 ticks either during or after the trip. Way too many for my taste!
My second trip was this past weekend in Idaho White Cloud mountains boulder creek area to Frog lake with my dad and 3 brothers, one of whom brought his son. Not much to report on this one other than I only made it a little over 3 miles in when my brother sent my dog after a rabbit and the dog ran into a broken tree branch tearing a 3 inch across round hole in his shoulder even after going through his dog pack vest. After that I had no choice but to turn around or most likely loose my dog to infection. He got 6 stitches in his shoulder and seems to be in no pain now, the vet found a piece in his shoulder and estimated the branch penetrated just under his skin and on top of his rib cage about 7 inches down his rib cage. He is doing ok now and seems to be in no pain so long as he takes his meds.