I started this adventure on foot, back packing and camping along the way for the purpose of finding the best route across Klickitat County (Washington State USA) for my horse (Taboona) and Cart (home made using a 1981 VW rear axle)
Besides I just wanted to “get out of Dodge” and hone my survival skills, have an adventure. I had just discouvered google earth and my route at first seemed like “a piece of cake”. I hiked right up the trail behind the house a fine trail up through the timber, we had built by Darrel Hoyte. I walked to the aspen grove where I simply had to walk due North a little ways and I would pick up an old logging road that would lead to the Trout Lake / Laural Road. I walked with at least 40 pounds of stuff on my back for about an hour and realized I was back where I started!
Once again I had underestimated how easy it is to get lost and thoroughly turned around up there. The brush is thick and there are not a lot of view points. I used my compass on my next attempt. I never came out on the road I was looking for and then took a wrong turn when I did come to a major road and once again over shot my goal, So I hiked up over a small mountain range and down a draw toward the east and nearly was stuck in the thick brush. Granted I saw a lot of beautiful flowers, a lizard, some great views of Mt Adams and felt strong over all. however my frustration drove me to a private prayer meeting with myself and those spirit helpers that some how keep me happy enough to live through the rough spots!
I eventually popped out of the woods not too far from Laurel and found a campsite near a “T” on the main gravel roads there with a screen of stunted wind blown pine trees to give me shelter from being seen and some respite from the wind. Now camping on private land with out specific permission made me feel like some kind of a fugitive and I did at this time feel up to playing this game at what ever cost. I was researching a route for my horse and cart. But I was loathe to have to explain that to anyone just yet.
TO BE CONTINUED