1. Hike below 2,000 feet in Hells Canyon.
2. Come to a creek crossing on the "trail" that must be forded. Decide that if you just walk through, your hiking shoes will be wet all day. Take the camp flip-flops from your pack and put them on. Cross creek safely.
3. Realize that it's only .3 miles to where you have to cross back. Think to self that you can walk there in flip-flops and not have to undergo the time it takes to put shoes and socks back on. Fail to realize that your decision making might be hampered by five hours of walking and little food taken in. Scan for ivy, see none. Walk.
4. Struggle through brushy thickets and downed trees. Feel uneasy, but tell self that the crossing must be pretty soon.
5. After what has to be more than .3 miles, give up. Put shoes and socks back on.
6. Five days later, realize your mistake.
Seriously, these things happen to me. If you've been following this blog long, you've noted that I've: had a mountain lion stalk my camp; forgotten boots and had to wear sandals; forgotten a sleeping bag and had to roll up in a tarp; forgotten tent poles, stove parts and once wore two different brands of boot on each foot; dealt with trail meltdowns (sometimes not even my own); and sprayed myself with pepper spray.
But for all of these things that make up a good story later, there have been plenty of adventures where nothing eventful occurred. It's funny though--I remember the ones where we had to overcome obstacles (twelve foot seas and torrential rain in our kayaks come to mind); distraught companions ("What are you DOING? YOU CAN'T LIFT THE POT LID WHILE THE RICE IS COOKING! DINNER IS RUINED!") and the ones of sheer terror ("The bear. Is. Right. There") and also the ones of accomplishment ("There's the Canadian border!")
Poison ivy itching goes away. I think. Someday. I'll think of this trip every time I pull out my flip-flops and think about not changing back to hiking shoes. "There was this one time," I will remember.
Please tell me I'm not alone. Any fiascos on your camping/paddling/ultra running trips?