How well do you tolerate adversity?

Kerry and I had just moved to Bellingham - back in 2011.  We went for our first backpacking trip together up in the Mt. Baker backcountry.  We planned to do a loop around an area called the Chain Lakes.  It wasn't a super long loop - just enough for us to get a taste of the area and amazing views of Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan.  We were about 500 yards from our campsite for the night when Kerry took a bad step from snow onto some slippery willow.  She knew immediately that it was a break.  Fortunately, it wasn't a compound fracture, but it certainly was not something she would be walking out on.  It was getting late and we had no cell service.  We were going to have to spend the night.

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