Desperately Seeking Sandstone
- Jan 21, 2012
I realize as I ask that this is an unusual question, but I need a little help. I recently lost my dad, and a year and a half later, my only brother. My dad was a backpacker and loved the Uintas. From time to time when we were kids, he would take us on backpacking trips with him. While I never went to Ryder Lake with my dad as a child, my brother did, and both of them felt that Ryder Lake was special to them. I hiked there myself a few years ago, and could understand why. My dad always said he wanted his ashes spread at Ryder Lake. My brother and I had planned to make the trip together. As it turns out, he will be joining me on this trip, just not the way I'd planned. In conversation after dad died, Jason said that he wanted half of his ashes spread at Ryder Lake and half at Bear Lake. So here I am, with two sets of ashes to pack in to Ryder Lake this weekend. Luckily my dear friend Natalie will be joining me, so I don't have to do this alone, but now that the trip is so close, I have a couple logistical issues I'm dealing with. My question is, how do I safely transport the ashes in a backpack without carrying a ton of extra weight? I need to find something to put them in that won't open or leak, but is lightweight. I'm open to suggestions, including those that are outside of the box, since it's a unique circumstance. I did try Google first, and there was a lot of info on air travel with ashes, but nothing on backpacking with ashes.