Fascinating, Cottia! I am much older than you and was not the adventurous type in my youth, and certainly not the sort to hike in wild and lonely places. More of the stroll through Manhattan type! Which allowed your story to interest and delight me all the more, to appreciate the differences between people. What you thought of as a delightful little holiday would be, to me, tortuous in too many ways to number. Thank you for taking me somewhere I’d never choose to go.
By the way, the photo you labeled The Mist is amazing. I am an editor for the Medium photography publication called Snapshots and would love if you become a writer and submitted that photo and others.