Nonetheless, this was the first day that I carried bear spray (and, as a result, felt rather manly). I tried it out and was relieved that its handling is straightforward. Thankfully I didn’t spot any bears in the vicinity.
The project for the day was to build a primitive shower: a plastic hose and shower head attached to a six-gallon canister filled with ice cold water from a nearby creek. It worked. I refrained from washing my hair for fear of accidentally shock-freezing my brain, but the rest of my body was cleaned successfully.
Some folks had built a fire pit and left some large chucks of wood behind, so I put my newly acquired axe to good use (which, yes: made me feel even manlier… I was also quite proud that it only took half a paper bag to start a good fire).