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How many people do you know that would insist on a backpacking trip one week before their planned memorial service? I know one, in fact I have been living with her for over 40 years. We started our relationship backpacking and she wanted to renew that as a bucket list item before it was too late. I had been discouraging the idea because she is in a weakened state and has a steel rod in her femur so it won’t break . Also, I normally do not go out in weather and NOAA was predicting 90% chance of rain/snow. But how could I say no to a request like that! Our plan  was to hike the White River to Indian creek.

Between the two of us we have a combined 5 years of chemo and radiation
Between the two of us we have a combined 5 years of chemo and radiation
White River
White River
Heading In
Heading In

The trail is good but after about a 1.5 miles and pushing through brush, some down fall, and crossing a wash-out and debris flow she started having hip pain and doubts about the trip back in wet weather. So we turned around and found a camp site by the river. Just then it started to rain for the next 12 hours.
soft brush
soft brush
Washout and debris flow
Washout and debris flow

Because of the weather report I took a tent and my hammock tarp. The idea was to set the tarp up over the tent. That way we could at least break camp under a shelter. The tent site didn’t exactly line up with the tarp trees, but did offer coverage.

Belt and suspenders
Belt and suspenders
Morning coffee
Morning coffee
she forgot her sani-fem pee device so made one out of a drink bottle
she forgot her sani-fem pee device so made one out of a drink bottle

Her doctors say she is on a limited timeline. After this trip I have the feeling I will be doing it again in the future. If not multiple times. She is a trooper.
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PostSat Oct 07, 2017 8:01 pm 
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PostSat Oct 07, 2017 9:22 pm 
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Impressive, I wish her and you all the best.
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PostSat Oct 07, 2017 10:18 pm 
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Keep moving as long as possible!  f### CANCER!
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Best Wishes to your lovely lady in her fight against cancer and to you for all the loving support you are giving her. smile.gif
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Peace be with u....white river is a place of beauty...as is your story.

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Not everyone finds a good partner to go through life with but it sounds like you two were a good fit. Best wishes.

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Thanks for all the heartfelt kind words! Normally I would consider spending 12 hours hunkered down in a pouring rain storm a minor success. But my wife can't stop talking about the experience. She was just gushing about the trip to our son on the phone today. Now I feel guilty for not relenting and taking her out sooner. In any case, I am glad it made her happy and boosted her spirits. Also, ....what a great community NWhikers can be. up.gif
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PostSun Oct 08, 2017 6:48 pm 
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HitTheTrail wrote:
She is a trooper.

Most definitely.  I wish the weather could have been better for you two.  All the best.  ~z


Edit: Just saw your new comment above as I was posting.  So I am adding this. 

HitTheTrail wrote:
In any case, I am glad it made her happy and boosted her spirits.

How could it not be?  Though the weather, terrain and personal discomfort were challenging, just being together in a remote location away from all the hubbub and having each other to share time with would be such a healing and positive thing--especially since such trips have been an integral part of your relationship over the years.  I admire her spirit.  up.gif    Thanks for sharing your story with us.  ~z
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