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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Backpackin'!

You know the people who always pack way too much stuff when they travel? I imagine they wouldn't last long with this type of sport, where you have to weigh everything carefully, to find the lightest load that still has all you need to get you up and down steep inclines and in and out of the wilderness alive. Makes me tired just thinking about it, but I do like hiking. Just not the death-defying type. I mean, why defy nature when there is such great programming on the Travel Channel? And besides, when they return, the backpackers always show you all the scenic photos they took anyway.

This is a silly gag I drew for my brother, who loves to backpack deep into the wilderness so that he can stare death in the face and taunt his own mortality. Probably brushes his teeth with a pine cone, too.

16 comments:

  1. Oooohh, HAHAHAHAH! This is soooooooo appropriate. I should show this print to my sister-in-law. When we travel, she has a separate luggage just for shoes, a separate one for all beauty gadgets and instruments. She matches her shoes with her outfit. Hahaha. She is so silly. She actually brings ten days worth of clothes for a three-day trip. I keep telling her to limit clothes to three days and make sure she has matching purses but never never never scrimp on underwear. One has to bring two-week worth of that for three days. You know this is true: as a public health nurse in the mountains for a year, I have used fields for rest rooms and brushed my teeth with banana stalks.

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  2. ...and he probably forgot the map, the compass, the first aid kit, matches...and that fridge is empty. It happens.

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  3. It's OK, Leon. You are not alone. I will invite you to the next Heavy-Backpackers Anonymous meeting. ;)

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  4. But sometimes you just need that extra load of toiletries and clothes in case you find a hidden party at the top of the mountain! You need to be prepared for all sorts of emergencies in the wilderness, Ted, even the social ones.

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  5. Great one this week. I prefer the Airstream method of camping and hiking flat little trails around lakes on horseback. Say the Grand Canyon, for the first time, this year and said to myself "THOSE HIKERS ARE PUNKA$$ CRAZY" I hyperventilated the entire (paved) Rim Route, packing nothing but my camera.

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  6. Backpacking is OK if you don't mind wiping with leaves that may or may not be poison oak. I'd like to have a guy like this along on the trip. He probably has some luxuries to share like Q-tips and clean socks and chewing gum.

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  7. Ha ha, anyway all of us always carry some more, that at the end of the trip back without being used, (we're not perfect, and it would be boring to take the minimum required)
    my wife says that with a pair of scissors not need any more for a journey ... (I do not realy know, what she want to say with this)

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  8. One more straw and poor rookie Leon will be writhing in pain! Love the cartoon Ted...it was the clever little things I noticed after the main laugh....the rookies bright non camouflage clothing..the guy who is talking stays looking forward...typically bad behaviour of the 'expert'!....all added to the humour experience!

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  9. Hahaha.. love it, sir. Of course you'll need a fridge when you go backpacking.. where else would you store your food? :P

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  10. Leon never would have survived the Oregon Trail. Is the kitchen sink in there too? ;) :-D

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  11. When I was a rookie I did the exact opposite, taking less than I needed... But that was almost convenient most of the time.

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  12. So good, and so true! I'm always that guy at the back, carrying 5 litres of water and the biggest sketchbook known to man :)

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  13. See, that guy would be me - but I'd have a toilet somewhere in that load...with toilet paper....definitely.....

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  14. Haha, brilliant! Love the combination of ridiculous items and the foolish man's epic struggle to move forward.

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  15. Ooooh, this is great. Haaa . . . Great drawing! I was expecting the electrical cord on the fridge to be dragging behind and getting stuck between two rocks, now that would just compound the trouble he's already having. Thanks for great toon!

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  16. Oh dear, my other half would definitely say that was me, lets just say a recent trip to Italy caused a few disagreements when it came to the packing... but my argument is you guys don't need to pack as much, so its easier for you!
    Another wonderful laugh out loud moment

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