Pulling The Plug

Essay by PaperNerd ContributorHigh School, 10th grade April 2001

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When The Weather Did Not Cooperate One summer a couple of friends and I decided to go backpacking in Yosemite. We thought it would be a good way to experience the park since none of us had been there before. When we got there, the first thing we did was go to the ranger station and figure out what trails we were going to go on. It took a while to come up with something, but we finally figured something out. When we left the next day, the weather was perfect. There wasn't a cloud in the sky. The weather stayed like that for a couple of days. On the third day we were hiking up this insanely steep climb that almost killed us getting to the top. When we finally got there, we arrived at the most perfect campsite in a meadow. We knew it was too good to be true because when we stopped to rest we instantly got attacked by swarms of mosquitoes.

We would have gotten eaten alive if we had camped there because we had no tent. We didn't want to keep going for fear that we wouldn't be able to find a campsite without millions of mosquitoes. That's when the clouds began to roll over head. We came to the conclusion that we better hike back down the hill and get away from the misquotes. Soon that was the least of our worries because it started to rain. We had no protection from the rain, so there was nothing we could do to try and stay dry. We ended up hiking a long way back to the car in the rain. The rain definitely got the best of us.