It was the best of times, It was the worst of times...

Tater Head

Hoo are you looking at?
Joined
Jan 29, 2014
Messages
236
I'm sure that we all have a story of a good trip gone bad. Whether it be getting stuck in the mud, wind blew your tent away or squirrels ate your lunch. Here is my story... I hope I'm not the only one...

Last May my son and I headed down to Coyote Gulch with a couple friends. I had to work that day on top a violin, piano, and guitar recital my kids were doing. It was 9:00 P.M. before we headed out on our 9 hour drive. We ended up getting to Devil"s Playground about the time the sun was coming up. Met up with the other half of our group and headed right for the gulch ( No time to sleep we had country to see.)

We headed down 40 Mile Ridge Road witch seemed to go on forever. Not sure if it was the previous nine hours in the car that made it seem longer? We finally arrived at the water tank loaded our packs and headed out. We dropped in at Jacob Hambin Arch. I will say that I hike with my teen-aged son and he's crazy hungry all the time. So my pack is loaded heavy with snack food. In fact a gallon sized bag of granola bars, trail mix and the like.

Tents up, day packs loaded and off we go exploring. We headed down the canyon to see Natural Bridge. This was my first time in the gulch. It really is one of the most beautiful placed I have ever been. Well after a hundred or so pictures and a few hours later we made it back to our camp site for the night. This is where it all goes south.

Apparently the sand bar under the alcove is crawling with squirrels. These aren't your average run of the mill squirrels these fat bastards look like they have been juicing for years. All of our packs had been raided by the spawn of Satan. Remember that gallon sized bag full of snacks that I mentioned. Well it was gone all gone. What the squirrels weren't chewing up or hiding. The crows were hauling off. So that night for dinner we had a oatmeal and half of a mountain house beef stew that a squirrel was nice enough to share with me.

You might be thinking that this is pretty funny but wait it gets better. On our way out I got to thinking witch pocket did I put my keys in? That's when the panic set in. You see I remembered where I stashed my keys. I put them in that damn gallon bag of snacks for safe keeping. My reason for doing this was so I would not drop them in the sand when unloading my tent and other gear. I now use a caribiner for my keys. (What a jackass.) They were gone.

When we got back to the car (of coarse it wasn't locked I live in Idaho) I tore it a part hoping to find another key. No such luck... I called my mechanic friend back home. He help me trough some back country mechanics. We hot wired the car but the anti-theft system would only let it run for a few seconds or so. The thought of paying a locksmith scared the crap out of me. It was the weekend so having a key sent overnight to the small town of Escalante wasn't gonna work either. Lucky for me we had drove separate. So off to find a new ignition switch. Escalante- nope, Panguich- nope, Beaver- Yes. 8 hours or so round trip to beaver and $350.00 later we headed out to hike Peek a Boo, Spooky, Brimstone.

2013 school,bday-deerhunt,utah trip 010.jpg 2013 school,bday-deerhunt,utah trip 021.jpg 2013 school,bday-deerhunt,utah trip 022.jpg 2013 school,bday-deerhunt,utah trip 037.jpg 2013 school,bday-deerhunt,utah trip 038.jpg 2013 school,bday-deerhunt,utah trip 065.jpg 2013 school,bday-deerhunt,utah trip 107.jpg 2013 school,bday-deerhunt,utah trip 092.jpg

I can't wait to go back. With a spare set of keys of course.
 
Last edited:

Riggs

Member
Joined
Jan 31, 2014
Messages
66
Good story, and reminder on the keys. I like how a lot of packs have the little clip for keys in a pocket now.

I had a ringtail cat in Arizona chew through the string I'd hung my food with and eat most of my food once. I had to do the same thing, go find what he'd left over for me. But fortunately didn't leave my keys with it.
 

Tater Head

Hoo are you looking at?
Joined
Jan 29, 2014
Messages
236
I wonder if my key's are in a hole in the ground or in a nest high up a canyon wall. I was telling this story to my farmer neighbor. He said that he had kinda the same thing happen with some lug nuts. He was was cutting his hay and got a flat tire. Took the tire off and headed to town to get it repaired. When he came back the next morning to get back to it all of his lug nuts were MIA. He thinks that the crows called them off. To funny...
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
intuitive cat what was your best/most satisfactory new gear this last season? Gear 18
balzaccom What was GOOD about 2020? General Discussion 20
Rockskipper Maybe it was the BBQ sauce (guy survives 3 weeks w/ no food or water after getting lost) General Discussion 0
WasatchWill Halls Creek...It was time. Backpacking 14
Miya All I Wanted was Rain Hiking & Camping 15
AbinadiWitness Return to THE FORMATION, etc. - The Second Time Was, Indeed, the Charm - 18-20 May 2017 Hiking & Camping 5
balzaccom I Once was Lost... Backpacking 0
gnwatts It was a good day.... General Discussion 4
Nick Another wolf was in Utah General Discussion 2
Tyler The Subway was off the hook! General Discussion 9
forest dweller What do you think is the best way to meet other SERIOUS backpackers when you only backpack once or twice a year and... General Discussion 52
Nick Best of 2019 General Discussion 48
Perry Exploring above Cataract Basin - One of the Best Seats in the House Hiking & Camping 1
Nick Best of 2018 General Discussion 43
Outdoors24 Best computer for picture/video editing? General Discussion 25
Vegan.Hiker A Personal Best (ascent) - Pemi Loop, WMNF Backpacking 23
T Best practices for upcoming trip General Discussion 4
JDWalters Best time to photograph Zebra Slot? Trip Planning 3
Eric O Best place to live? General Discussion 46
IntrepidXJ Meet the woman who knows Bears Ears best General Discussion 106
B Best Time of Year for Backpacking the Uintas in Utah Trip Planning 15
Perry Leona Spring Trail to UHT - A New Personal Best Day Hike Hiking & Camping 2
B Best Alternatives to the Sierras Backpacking 12
kimbur96 Best lens for backpacking? Photography 14
Kelin Best Route to Alpine Lakes? Trip Planning 4
Jimmy Best Backpacking Near Phoenix/Scottsdale? Trip Planning 1
JoshuaDyal Best San Juans hike Trip Planning 0
LarryBoy Best ranges for off-trail travel General Discussion 11
Langdon Greene 2016 might be your best chance to do Wonderland (Rainier) Trip Planning 2
muir_mountain Best Backpacking in early June Trip Planning 12
Mike Jones Best UL Mountain Hardwear Rain Jacket Gear 2
SwimsWithTrout Best time of year for San Rafael Swell/Cedar Mesa ? Trip Planning 4
Nick Best Packrafting Paddle Gear 8
Mike K Best Backpacking Pillow Gear 16
T Best place to backpack the Bob Marshall? Trip Planning 17
WasatchWill Best Cell Phone Camera: iPhone, G4, S6, or Other? General Discussion 6
Chuck the Mauler Best dual use camera? Photography 6
uintahiker What is the Best 3 day trip in the Uintas? Trip Planning 17
balzaccom Your best shot General Discussion 2
natylka Advice on the best lightweight sleeping bag for backpacking. Gear 27
natylka Advice on the best light backpacking tent Gear 39
Scott Chandler Help with the Best of the CPW Photography 9
jmerkley9 Best Car Camping - Uintas Trip Planning 2
Laura My tent shot is the featured photo for Best of May 2014 Photography 8
Antlerking Gear Review Best Hiking Briefs Gear Reviews 15
DrNed Best Hikes in Canyonlands Trip Planning 8
Dan_85 Cedar Mesa to Hanksville, best day hike options? Trip Planning 3
Nick Best easy day hikes around Salt Lake General Discussion 25
Aldaron Best hike in the Uintas General Discussion 2
Aldaron The best part of BCP General Discussion 6

Similar threads

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.

Top