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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Places Without Mutant Squirrels

I return to BLA! I know you all missed me so much. I was gone at camp for two weeks! JH Ranch in Northern California, to be exact.

Let me tell you a few things about JH Ranch:

1) It is absolutely beautiful.

2) You have to climb almost vertical mountains with a 60 pound backpack.

I think that’s a long enough list! Let’s get a picture of the gorgeous scenery…

Big Top at JH Ranch, California

Now isn’t that just lovely? It really did look like that! It was sooooo beautiful. I had a great time, don’t get me wrong, but let me tell you something about Northern California. At least, where we were. We were about 3,800 feet in the air. Know what that means? Thin air. Know what that means for us unfit people? Huffin’ and puffin’. A lot. To get anywhere at JH Ranch that isn’t another camper cabin, you have to go uphill, at least a little. To get to meals, it’s a very big hill. That is also very steep.

Once again, don’t get me wrong. I did have fun. Lots of fun. One thing though, we had to go backpacking into the mountains. A mountain that was about 8,000 feet high. Even thinner air. It was fun, looking back on it, but during the actual backpacking it was quite hard. I am not a fit person. Also, as my title suggests, the squirrels were HUGE! And there were bears! And mountain lions! And we were camping with them! I was so scared I was going to get eaten…

Well, that’s where I’ve been for the past two weeks! Look it up, because it’s soooo much fun! Like I said!

Till next post,

Madalyn

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