Hello there, my blog friends. Hello. I've got the old, goofy internets at this field site (which is totally weird), but I am completely mentally and physically wiped out right now, so this will be brief. It's been a brutal week. Had a long stretch of days off and went backpacking in Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness (central Idaho) for 6 days. Hardest backpacking trip (mentally and physically, holy sheeeet) I've ever done and I'm still recovering. Unfortunately, after this 60 mile hike (about 30 of which were bushwhacking - more on this later), I was slapped in the face. Real hard. A freaking all out jaw breaker, really. A healthy, live tree had completely crushed my beloved Vladimir (my car), that was parked at the trailhead.
This blows, guys. It would suck fiercely either way, but I have literally been living out of my car since April. Got a backpacking tent and a tent for work, but no home. Vladimir was it. I can't afford a new (old) car at this point and the field season is just about over so I'm just maybe, just maybe, having a few minor panic attacks about some stuff. More on the backpacking trip later (gnarly stuff, really). I set up this websitehttp://funds.gofundme.com/index.php?route=fundmanager&url=b4l8xs in case anyone is feeling generous. I've already got some people I want/need to squeeze with serious hugs. Man, inherently good people just crush me emotionally - in a good way. Thanks, guys! Seriously, you all freaking rock more than you'll ever know. And thank you to Mark at the FS for everything. I would have still been stranded and depressed outside of Stanley, Idaho if if weren't for you! (Last photos: Hayduke and Gafunkel loved Vladimir too.We went on lots of cross country road trips together. Last photo is from a couple months ago, in the good old days. South Ruby Mountains, Nevada)