Yesterday Greg and I drove to the Cooper Creek Recreation area in the middle of nowhere to try our hand at a new trail. We were going to take the Yellow Mountain trail up to Addie Gap and back down, for a total of 7 miles (there was a bit of a walk between the parking area and the trail head which added about .5 miles in total).
And that’s where the pictures end. About 1.5 miles into this trail, Greg and I were attacked by a nest of angry hornets (are hornets ever not angry?). I was stung three times, and Greg was stung about twelve times. Luckily, neither of us are allergic. Once we had out-run the hornets, and regathered our hastily disguarded gear, we downed some benadryl, treated our wounds with a sting pad, and headed back to our car.
And this is why you never, NEVER go hiking without well-stocked first aid kit. We were 1.5 miles away from our car, a good 15 miles from any sort of civilization, and more than 45 minutes away from the nearest hospital.
Also, because you could not see the fallen hornets’ nest until it was too late (it was on a fallen branch that was curtaining the trail, covered with thick leaves), we left a note warning other hikers.
Yellow Mountain, we shall be back–probably in winter, you know, when the hornets are gone.