Day 1 : Part 1
Our first day on our crazy adventure. We were supposed to go to Devore Camp with a stop at Sturtevant Falls. 4 Miles out we were getting eaten alive by horseflies and mosquitos. We couldn’t even stop to take a break without the hoards dropping in on us. I hoped climbing up and out of the canyon would help us escape. So we kept hiking. 8 Miles from the trailhead we ran into some other people coming down who told us it was even worse at Devore Camp.
So we decided to bail. We hiked down to Sturtevant Camp, pitched the tent to escape the bugs and take a nap. Then hiked out of there and went on a search for food. My sister is a champ for her second backpacking trip ever, and her first one in a long long time. We didn’t even backpack overnight the first night.
PS: I was under the assumption I could put my hat in my pack and it would bounce back to normal after. It didn’t.