I know this is long. I just wanted to summarize backpacking in a nutshell. Drinking straight from a waterfall. An elevation gain of 5,000 feet in 4 miles. Finally seeing Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan, the Olympics, miles of the north cascades, and all the way to Canada while standing in one spot. Walking into a meadow buried between two volcanos to pitch a tent. The most amazing kind of sunset. Melted snow. Finding lakes. And hiking back with the sun shining low on the trees.