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Backpacker Magazine – January 2014
It took 40 years, but our winner finally got her wish.
4. Learn how to pee outside. Don’t laugh, guys—until a woman perfects her technique, this can be an intimidating task. But once she masters the skill, it’s incredibly liberating, both in the woods and beyond.
5. Make new friends.
“Our first evening in camp, we were greeted by a group of curious chipmunks and a marmot that devoured wildflowers by the score,” Bullard recalls. “The next morning, we discovered the fresh paw prints of coyotes that passed through our campsite to reach the lake. And on our last night, we watched two playful deer chase each other around the edge of our campsite for at least an hour.”
6. Expand your Horizons.
Turns out there’s a vast, solitude-filled universe beyond the roads that Bullard didn’t know about. The only way to experience a spectacular, tucked-away place like Thousand Island Lake is to hike the 8.5 miles to get there.
7. Discover the world’s most refreshing drink.
Refilling her bottle from the trip’s first ice-cold stream and purifying it on the spot with a SteriPEN, Bullard was almost giddy. “I thought to myself: So this is how water is supposed to taste! It was the freshest, most delicious, and satisfying beverage I’ve ever had.”
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