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Minister Creek in 4K | Backpacking the Best Trails of Pennsylvania


[Andrew narrating] On perfect days,
the wilderness becomes luxury: the sky and the canopy are the Sistine Chapel and every leaf and wildflower the Crown jewels With a warm fire and the company of the trees, time spent outdoors shows you
what it means not just to be alive, but to thrive Now, we would journey into the woods
to experience it for ourselves [Adventure Archives theme song plays] [Andrew narrating] On an early summer day,
we made our way out of the city for another outdoors adventure [Bryan narrating] For a day with such idyllic weather, we decided to return to an idyllic part of the Midwest: Allegheny National Forest [low music plays] [Robby narrating] Today we were
hiking on the Minister Creek Trail [Andrew narrating] We would be hiking on the
north loop of the trail, camping early on, before continuing We would camp again along the way before making our
way back south through the trail’s interesting geology [Robby narrating] We were met with beautiful lush
greenery and perfect weather as we started out on the trail This is perfect There’s been a lot of times
where I’ve walked out of my house and just been like, “Man, this is perfect weather for camping.” And now I’m camping in that weather [Andrew narrating] And with the weather were
plenty of beautiful wildflowers and plants We’ve talked about wood sorrels all the time But these are some of the biggest I’ve seen,
and I’ve never really seen flowers like this Usually it’s just yellow flowers coming out of them,
but these are really beautiful white and pink ones It looks like somebody just took
a paintbrush and painted the petals But these of course are edible
and have a nice sweet, sour taste And down here is a plant called knotweed,
and this is also edible, actually And when you look at some of the
younger plants you can notice a sort of faint purple v-shape on the leaf and when the leaves
are a lot younger, they’re a lot more prominent [Robby narrating] Moss and foliage which glowed in the
sunlight added to the forest’s lush and lively atmosphere [Bryan narrating] The openness of the trails,
the forest’s understory, and the glow of the Sun reaffirmed to us that Allegheny was an incredibly welcoming place [music plays] [Robby narrating] Soon, we came to an
intersection on the trail We got a sign already [Andrew] Looks like somebody’s missing a hat, too So, we got the middle loop to the left . . . oh- -Yeah we want the north loop, right?
-Right Yeah . . . alright. Let’s go [Andrew narrating] We continued on All around us were a whole host of plants,
ranging from edible to medicinal to utilitarian So this is something you don’t often
see in the forest, but it’s called dogbane It looks really similar to milkweed
which is an edible plant, but this one is actually toxic The stem has these nice, flexible, strong fibers So right now, you could take some of the green fibers
off and make a temporary cord or rope out of them But in the wintertime, you can also kind of scrape
all the brown fibers and spin those into longer-lasting rope as well It’s got this white, milky
sap on the inside of it that’s kind of bitter tasting, which
kind of lets you know not to eat it [Robby narrating] Only minutes into our hike, we were
already overtaken by the beauty of our surroundings [Andrew narrating] Sometimes, a trickling stream
and a cool breeze is all you need to be happy in the wild Sometimes like, nature – you have to kind of
dig a little bit to get to the good parts And then there’s other times like today where you don’t need to do anything,
and you’re just immediately like, “Oh!” “Perfect weather, perfect scenery, not too many bugs.” And it reminds you of why you go out in the first place [Bryan narrating] The trail still had much more to reveal,
so we continued deeper into the forest [Andrew narrating] The forest floor changed as we
transitioned into a denser, shadier section of the woods [Robby narrating] We passed by another junction,
hiked over rivulets, and past Jack in the Pulpits and a
variety of other plants So these leaves belong to a tree called striped maple, and I think you generally see this more sort of to the
east of the US, around like West Virginia and this region and even when these trees get bigger – this one’s just like a little sapling right now – but when they get bigger, the bark is kind of still a bright green color
and it has these stripes on it you can still kind of make that out on these
thinner branches – hence the name striped maple and you can see that they’re also like
opposite branching, just like every other maple tree [Bryan narrating] Along and across the trail
were fallen trees [Robby narrating] But where there was decay,
there was also new life springing forth [music plays] So we came upon a junction that didn’t have a sign,
and after we looked at the map a little closer, if you go right, it’s actually a
fishing trail that goes off the main trail So this is the way we want to go
and we’ll hit a bridge soon [Bryan narrating] We soon came across
a clear, calm stream [Robby] There’s like, some sort of mini trail [Andrew] Well, I’ll check it out, I guess
[Bryan] I’m gonna check out this way [Robby] There’s definitely a fire ring right there [Robby] Let’s go down there a little bit,
see if something will reveal itself So here’s the bridge that that lady was talking about,
I was actually expecting something a little bigger Oh, there’s a campsite over there Oh… Oh, yeah, there’s people set up over there We’ll probably start seeing
more and more campsites soon I’m not really seeing a great way to actually get to that piece of land there unless you wanna cross the river,
which I don’t think we do but I’m sure there’s plenty of
other good campsites, so there’s really no reason to be
surrounded over there by the water [Andrew narrating] I reunited with the others,
and Bryan had spotted a familiar-looking mushroom No, no we’ve seen these –
these are black-footed polypores There’s like, one log at the local park
where we always see them growing [Bryan] My first thought was dryad’s saddle
or chicken of the woods, but I know dryad’s saddle’s more- it’s thicker, right? Yeah, yeah, and it’s got more of a pattern on it [Robby narrating] As we gathered some tinder, we
bumped into some hikers going the opposite direction And they said there’s
not too many campsites up ahead so We may have to turn back [Andrew] Yeah, I feel like we’ve barely hiked anything, so we can still manage to hike
a little bit more before deciding There’s also a great campsite literally right here [Bryan] That is true [Andrew] Hopefully they were just
not super observant but we’ll see [Robby] OK, well, we have this one to fall back on
[Andrew] Yeah, definitely On the map, there’s some rocks marked up ahead, and I wanted to at least get to there
and see if there was anything near there [Robby] OK, yeah I see the bridge that that lady
was actually talking about now It wasn’t the one from before [Andrew] This is a really well-built bridge! [Robby] Yeah, wow! Like shop class or something I feel like there has to be at least
something that we could find Like I’m sure there’s nothing
once we go up in the hills but the trail comes back down
to another stream right there and this offshoot might also have some stuff on it Yeah, I feel like we’ve barely done any hiking today We’ve been in the car for so long.
I’d rather do just extra hiking [Andrew] Yeah
[Bryan] OK [Andrew] Yeah, we’ll be fine [Robby] OK, let’s go [Andrew narrating] We passed the nice campsite
and hiked across the bridge Beneath us, the water swirled
around coarse boulders [Bryan narrating] The trail then led us up
to a forested hillside [Robby narrating] Here, Andrew spotted some
familiar plants growing beneath the trees, and was reminded of a story
from another camping trip long past So one time I was hiking through the Smokies Being my usual self, I was insistent
on using natural toilet paper And there’s a plant called the false nettle I didn’t know it at the time, but it looks
very similar to this plant right here And I rubbed a bit on my arm: got no reaction.
Rubbed it a little bit more, and it was fine So I was like, “Well, I’ll use this for toilet paper,” “The leaves are nice and wide and thick,
if I gather a few I can use that” The next day on that trip,
I thought I saw the same plant and, uh… didn’t bother testing because
it looked exactly the same [Robby giggles] so I gave it a shot The next day – and then once I got home – I was . . . hurting real bad down there

[Robby continues giggling] and I had to put some medicinal cream
to finally get rid of the pain but it was pretty awful But this is wood nettle, and uh- Yeah, if- if you brush up against it, you get stung real bad
and you can even see on the stems and the stalk there’s all these tiny little barbs But they actually inject a little chemical in your skin
and it causes it to welt up a little bit It’s nothing really severe or permanently damaging,
but it just hurts for a good amount of time [Andrew narrating] And up ahead, I spotted
another plant that most people are familiar with So this is a very familiar plant to most people You usually don’t see it in the woods:
a lot of times you’ll see it in your own lawn It’s dandelion Sometimes the leaves have
bigger serrations than others But the name “dandelion” actually
comes from “Dante de Leon,” or whatever which means “the teeth of a lion” Because the leaves have such deep serrations
and they kind of look like the teeth of a lion But the whole plant is edible:
the flower, the leaves, the stem And also the root can be
processed into a coffee-like drink It’s pretty good [Robby narrating] We hiked on, but the trail
was still surrounded by a hillside with no campsites. Okay, so looking at this map- I think the next campsite
based on the topographical, like, look of it would probably be this second stream up top And then it’s 7:30 right now,
sunset is at 8:50 That gives us like an hour and 20 minutes
to get all the way there I mean we could go up to the next rocks
just to go see them and then come back to the campsite or we could just go back
to the campsite and get set up I mean, we’ll see the rocks either way We’ve got all day tomorrow, so . . . Yeah . . . okay, let’s go back. I think that’s good. Plus, we’ll
just have a water source right there ready to go Yeah You guys know my opinion! [laughing] Don’t be acting like I have a say in this [laughing] All right, let’s do it [upbeat music plays] It would be really funny and really unlucky if we got to that campsite
and someone else had set up there [Robby laughs] I was worried that like – because
we were talking about, “Oh, if we don’t find anything,
we’ll just go back,” I was worried, like if we had passed someone along the way,
we’re gonna be like, “They’re gonna take that campsite.” [Bryan narrating] Thankfully, when we returned
the campsite was still vacant [Bryan] Yeah, this isn’t too bad, actually You know, some decisions are not clear
until after you’ve made them [all laugh] [Robby] So true [Robby narrating] And our campsite
even came with its own La-Z-Boy From the lowliest peasant to the mightiest king, everyone enjoys a good sit I do have my chair though, actually So I got my own throne Not as good as this one! [all laugh] So this campsite has a mix of hardwoods and then these Eastern hemlock trees I was collecting some sticks over there They’re all kind of like,
damp and not breaking super cleanly But I walked over to these hemlocks,
and these usually have really good kindling because the branches that are dead on the bottom of the trees
that tend to fall off have like, super thin twigs, so I’m just gonna collect a bunch of those,
but hopefully it’s not too humid for the type of fire starting method I had in mind [Bryan narrating] As Andrew collected firewood,
I started setting up my hammock This time, I was using a handy knot
with my tension lines So you actually see Andrew
use this knot a lot with his tarp setups but one of the biggest advantages
is that it’s a tension slipknot and you place it down on the ground,
and I can adjust the knot without actually having to untie it And that’ll make my rain fly as taut as possible,
won’t get any saggy spots in the rain fly, and we’ll avoid disaster like in Wayne. But it’s a good knot, I figured I should probably learn it
at this point since I always have Andrew tie it for me [Andrew narrating] In the meantime, I looked for more wood
as the others continued setting up camp Ironically, some of the driest wood
was dangling over the stream So today we’re gonna be using
the bow drill method to start a friction fire Now, I should add a caveat which is I’m using a kit
which makes it a lot easier than having to find material, especially because everything
I found so far has been pretty damp Just to be safe, we do have
some birch bark, which is great tinder but I’ve also got some pre-made, really fluffy
jute tinder, and we’ve got the bow right here And what I’m doing right now is I’m carving
one side of the spindle so that it’s pointier You want one side of the spindle to be really pointy
so there’s as little contact and friction as possible, and you want the other side to be flatter
so that there’s more friction And in addition to this,
I’ve also got some beeswax The beeswax essentially
lubricates one side so that it creates less friction which allows the spindle to spin smoother and allows you to focus on creating friction
where you’re actually gonna have your fire and this is a little hand hold for the top part Really important is that you also prepare your tinder
ahead of time because once you have an ember going, you don’t want to be
thinking about anything else No, this was actually pre-made by somebody else,
but it’s basically just jute and you just spread it apart So you want the string on your bow to be tight enough
that when you wrap this spindle into it, it kind of clicks And then you kind of want a line
from your foot to your wrist and have your wrist securing your knee
and have the line go to your shoulder and you want to make sure your wrist
is pretty still while you’re doing this, so All right, here we go Oh, shoot Maybe like six or something Yeah, recently though, only recently The string might be a little loose, I’m not sure, so Yeah, hold on.
I’m gonna just tighten it really quick [bow drill squeaking] [Andrew narrating] As you’re
working the bow drill, you want a nice grinding noise That grating, squeaking sound means that the wood is polishing rather than grinding, and this usually means
you need to apply more downward pressure When there’s smoke, you usually want to keep drilling
as much as you can before your arms give out You also want to gingerly lift the board
so you don’t disturb any ember you create All right, so it was smoking
but that’s not quite enough But the good news is that dust that I just created
from grinding the spindle into the board can still be used Humidity does play a part into this, but… [Andrew narrating] Since the dust you’ve already made
has been heated up part of the way, it’s easier to ignite it
on the second go But with high humidity,
what should create an ember in ideal conditions, just ends up creating smoke [Andrew] All right, do we have it? It’s a little hard to tell, can uh- can I get a light, actually? Because I need to be able to see the smoke,
but yeah, I don’t think we have it So we’re just adjusting this tip, so it’s flatter
so there’s more surface area to create friction But now that I cut into it,
it’s really rough- oh dang So the bad news is I’m gonna have to start
with a completely new hole I had started this one before
but I’m gonna have to grind into it some more and once it’s worked it out a little I’m gonna have to cut
a notch into it for the dust to collect because this piece over here
just broke off, so gotta start over [Andrew narrating] With a new divot, you use the same process
to work it out just a little bit But you don’t want to overdo it: once it’s grinding smoothly enough, you can use a knife
to cut a new triangular notch into the divot It takes some patience and some carving know-how,
but eventually you can get back to it [bow drill makes a smooth grinding noise] [Andrew narrating] It’s important to be light and ginger
when removing and replacing your board so that you don’t knock over your pile of dust which can be challenging when you’re
a little worn out from working the drill over and over I think it’s the humidity: when it’s drier,
it takes less to ignite the stuff Shoot Hopefully the spindle won’t grind into dust
before we get this going [Andrew narrating] I’ve also been told that it’s important
to maintain humility and intentionality while working the bow drill Believe what you want,
but those are pretty good principles to live by regardless Maybe the first few tries at the drill
were just to humble me a little bit [Andrew narrating] Finally, I got it: the pile of dust continued
to produce smoke on its own You don’t want to blow hard on the dust,
or you may just blow away your ember, but you can gently feed it air [Andrew] Now once I see the orange
of the ember, I’ll feel safe enough to move it Just giving it some air,
but I’m being pretty gentle still [whispering] OK My hands are trembling [Andrew narrating] Transferring it to the bundle
is a process that requires gentleness as well, but one that still commands
confidence in your abilities I see orange now [Andrew narrating] Once the ember
is inside of your tinder, you can wrap it up
fairly snugly as you feed it oxygen Whoa, whoa, all right [Andrew narrating] And of course,
all of the preparation of your kindling is critical: without it, all of this work
would have been for naught [Robby] Nice work Wow [Robby] That was ballin’ dude! [Andrew] And, we have fire [low, soft music plays] [Bryan narrating] With the fire prepared,
it was time to enjoy our dinner: [Robby narrating] Hawk Vittles bison stew,
courtesy of one of our viewers, James Elder [Robby] This is bison stew?
[Andrew] Yeah [Andrew] I think the beans
are a tad hard, but it’s really good [Robby] Yeah, that’s not bad!
Really nice seasoning [Andrew] It’s like a nice- such a nice,
hearty meal, you know? [Bryan] It might be because
we used too much water, but I actually kind of like how it’s not
like, overpoweringly salty [Andrew] Yeah, yeah, yeah [Andrew] Yeah, it’s like the
ground bison chunks are really good Oh! [Andrew] You can tell there’s like,
real tomato in this soup, too [Robby] Nothing like a hearty piece of bread
to dip in some sort of stew Here, do you wants some on your bread, too? Oh yeah, that’s like a little peanut butter pocket! [Bryan] People always ask us, “How do you guys
share food? We never have enough food.” It’s like, I always feel like it’s enough for me [Andrew] We always have more than enough
[Robby] More than enough! [Bryan] Also, we eat a lot of snacks too, off screen [all laughing]
[Andrew] That’s true! [Robby] You don’t see all the eatin’ we be doin’! [Bryan] Except for Robby.
You always see Robby eating [Robby] Thank you, James
[Andrew] Yeah, thank you, this is delicious [music plays] [Bryan narrating] Some nocturnal critters took our place
at the campsite as we headed into our shelters [Robby] But yeah, welcome back
to the smallest tent ever [both laugh] Yeah I have not missed it [Robby] This time I’ll suffer with you Yeah, now you’re getting your comeuppance I didn’t know I’d be part of it It’s not supposed to rain tonight, so we’re gonna
risk it to try and give it a little more openness: we don’t have the rain fly [Andrew] Famous last words [bright, cheerful music plays] [Andrew narrating] The next day was just as bright,
peaceful, and cheerful as we’d come to expect
from Allegheny It was the perfect environment
to practice some gongfu [Andrew narrating] Nature sprung alive
all around the campsite, displaying a beauty that brought forth
nostalgic memories of childhood [Robby narrating] Soon, the rest of us woke up I tossed Andrew some drinks
to chill in the river, then it was time for breakfast This Vietnamese coffee was sent to us by Rich and Yan It’s got a special message on the back “It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife,
but every fool is quick to quarrel” So have you had
Vietnamese coffee before? I don’t think I have, actually Is it good? Uh, I’ve had it once and it’s like
really strong and sweet from what I remember It’s kinda like Cuban coffee, I’ve heard [Robby narrating] Along with that, we had some
freeze-dried cheese and birthday cake from
one of our viewers, Pamela Footman [Robby] It definitely tastes like cheese, but it has a texture . . .
[Andrew] Oh, whoa! [Robby] . . . not unlike chalk No to me, it’s like, um, like a nut
that tastes like cheese or something Mmm, OK [Robby narrating] Next up: the cake It’s like some sort of
really sweet cereal or something This is not breakfast food Yeah, pour some milk in it [Robby narrating] Bryan woke up,
and we waved him over The coffee is already ready: join us. Come try some of these snacks, too [Robby] I had a really good night, too!
[Andrew] Yeah, that was like a perfect night Mmm, yeah that is real good Wow, that is like, super creamy Here, try some of these indulgent snacks These are like, basically like cake – cake croutons [Andrew] Yeah
[Robby] Yeah Havarti cheese and pretzels Ah, no one cares about the pretzels Thank you Pam,
and thank you Rich and Yan Yeah! [Bryan narrating] After our light breakfast,
we filled up on water from the stream and then we packed up [Andrew narrating] As we packed,
a little silkworm did some morning stretches [Andrew continues] There was also
an American toad resting on this tree [Robby narrating] We grabbed our chilled drinks,
then headed out of camp [Bryan narrating] We made our way back
across the bridge, up the hill, and through the trees [Robby narrating] And we bumped into Josh and Carol,
two fellow hikers who also watch the show [Bryan] Nice to meet you!
[Josh] Nice to meet you too! [Robby] Did you have a shout-out? To you guys! You- you guys are the reason
why we’re backpacking! [Bryan narrating] We continued hiking, this time
with new information about what the trail had in store for us They said that there really
wasn’t too many campsites up until we reached around the-
I think the North Country Trail [Andrew] I think that’s like where we
expected to find a campsite, too They said that there was plenty of water, and I guess we’ve- we’ve taken
the correct route because doing the overlook last means that we’re gonna have a
downhill at the end instead of a pretty rigorous uphill and you know I like that [Andrew narrating] We sloshed through some mud,
then came to an overgrown part of the trail They’ve definitely told us there was a place that was
a little bit more brambly and scrambly, and this might be it [Robby narrating] If this was the brambly section
they had mentioned, it wasn’t all that bad [Robby continues] Soon, we were back in the woods [Andrew narrating] And in the woods,
there are more trees to talk about So this is actually a much better example
of the striped maple It’s about like wrist thick already but still the trunk looks kind of green and fresh, and it has these dark striations
running all the way up and down the bark You can clearly see where it gets its name [Andrew narrating] And beneath the trees
were other plants So all during this hike we’ve been seeing all these
really pretty white flowers just all along the trail and this is something in the rose family.
I’m not exactly sure what species it is, but it’s either a rose or something related to like raspberries or blackberries. But either way, whatever fruit
is produced from that flower would be edible Obviously right now they’re just flowers, but over here
there is a fruit on the ground that’s growing
called a partridge berry We’ve had these before, uh,
they grow on these little vining plants They don’t taste like much but uh,
I figured I’ll give it another shot and see if I can notice some of the more subtleties of the flavor Alright, so I’m assuming you guys
don’t want the berry that tastes like dust [Andrew] You’ve had it before anyway, right?
[Robby] Yeah, you can have it Kinda tastes like
a mushy apple or something [Robby] These are the sorrels?
[Andrew] Mm-hm Look how pretty
that flower is, too [Robby] Oh, wow! And these are the ones
that taste like green apples? [Andrew and Bryan together] Mm-hm [Robby] Oh man, that’s so good
[Andrew] Yeah [Andrew] Now, this is an edible
and medicinal plant called plantain Like the dandelion,
it grows in lawns and everything It is edible, but it’s mostly
a medicinal plant where you chew it up and you spit it back out
onto like mosquito bites or rashes and that’ll help
the pain or the itching But these ones are pretty mild There’s another species of plantain
that’s a lot more bitter, but- That’s pretty bitter, though I’ve got a mosquito bite here, actually [Andrew] You just leave it on there for like 30 seconds [Bryan] Man, those mosquitoes have been
going to town on you, Robby [Robby] Looks like the swamp man got me There’s another flower belonging
to a dust-flavored berry This yellow flower is in
the genus potentilla, I believe, and it’s basically the flower
of a false strawberry A little later in the season you’ll see
a red, plump fruit that looks just like a strawberry Typically you want to look for plants
that have three leaves and white flowers for strawberries that actually taste
really good and sweet Give this bark a little scratch
and then sniff it [Robby] Oh! It smells like . . . what’s that? [Bryan] Root beer-ish [Andrew] Yeah, like root beer!
[Robby] Oh, yep! Yeah So this is a cherry
birch tree, if I am correct, and this tree was actually one of the
first plants that I had identified for me I was doing like a day hike through Hocking Hills
and we had a guide and he pointed this out [Andrew] But yeah, it smells so good
[Robby] Yeah [Robby] Can you put this in a tea or anything? I think you could, yeah. I’ve never
done it myself, but I- I don’t see why not [Andrew] And it smells really good
[Bryan] It smells really good: definitive proof [Bryan narrating] After that smorgasbord
of edible plants, we kept hiking along the trail [Robby narrating] Scattered through the forest were
large boulders with trees and roots tangled around them Before long, we came to the junction
leading to the small offshoot trail along the loop So I’m pretty sure there is
a creek that goes down here [Andrew] Yeah, parallel to this [Robby] This goes all the way down to
Minister Creek and I say we go check it out [Bryan] OK. Where’s the pile of rocks? Yeah, there’s supposed to be a
pile of rocks on the right somewhere there [Andrew] Well, I feel like those big rocks
we passed were one of them Maybe [Andrew] These ferns are beautiful, though Yeah, this is like Manitou Island [Andrew narrating] Sunlight scattered
across the waving ferns, making our surroundings feel almost more like
the ocean floor rather than the forest floor [music plays] [Robby narrating] On the trail, we saw a garter snake
and Andrew found an old bone I don’t know what animal this belongs to,
but clearly some sort of a limb And the inside’s been all hollowed out,
all the marrow is gone [Robby] Oh yeah, somebody had a good meal
[Andrew] Yeah [Andrew] Huh [Bryan narrating] Just off the trail was a path leading to a
small campsite which would be a perfect spot for lunch [Robby narrating] We settled down by the stream
and broke out our previously chilled drinks Okay, so we got these fruits jelly drink from
Rich and Yan. This one is aloe vera flavored This one’s lychee flavored [Andrew] These are like
two of my favorite flavors [Robby] And we put them in the river
to try and colden them up [Andrew] Yeah, en-colden them [Robby] That’s jelly, all right
[Bryan] Whoa, that’s so weird! But I like it [Bryan] I like the flavor
[Robby] Yeah, that’s good [Andrew] Mmm, mm-hm! [Andrew] Yeah, that’s really good
[Robby] Oh man It’s like the- the texture is kind of like
appealing, but gross at the same time [Bryan] Oh, I can’t get my jellies to come out
[Andrew] I like the texture! [Andrew] Is this one different?
[Robby] No, it just- it shot out and it tastes a little bit
like suntan lotion smells [Bryan] So when they say aloe vera flavored,
it tastes like pear to me or something Oh, yeah Beef jerky and cheese
[mimics sound of glasses clinked together] Here I have something that’s-
they’re fruit yo-yo’s But I guess the brand is “Bear,” and for some reason
the bear has a leaf covering his junk [Andrew] It’s got a fig leaf on it!
[all laughing] You may or may not know that, uh… we say “Yo bear!” a lot, and that stems
from an episode of Man vs Wild when he was talking about making yourself- your presence aware to bears And he just goes around going “Yo bear! Yo bear!” So now we just say
“Yo bear!” like- and “Yo snake!” [all laughing] Apparently there’s a free card inside
and I have no idea what that card’s supposed to be [Andrew] I got Kenya – it’s like a little postcard!
[Bryan] That’s kinda cool, actually! I got Ethiopia [Robby] That’s just straight Fruit by the Foot It’s a fruit whip!
[all laughing] [Bryan] It’s actually not bad
[Andrew] It’s like a tongue [all laughing] Ahh, it didn’t work [all making licking noises] Yo bear! [music plays] [Andrew narrating] Afterwards, we went back
on the trail and continued further down, but it was getting more and more
crowded with the vegetation I think it’s just gonna get thicker.
I can’t imagine it’s that interesting at the end [Andrew] Yep Yep! [Andrew] That’s why I gave you the
dismissive and patronizing shrug [all laugh] [music plays] [Robby narrating] Now, we were
back on the main trail It briefly forked into three paths
before continuing past ferns and across streams [music continues] [Bryan narrating] We passed by
more rocks wrapped in tree roots, and off the trail was
an even larger boulder [music continues] [Andrew narrating] Soon, several moss-
and fern-covered boulders surrounded us, giving us a glimpse
of things to come [music continues] [Robby narrating] Seeing these gargantuan boulders
scattered throughout the forest gave us a new sense of scale, both in terms of size and time [music continues] [Bryan narrating] The rocks also provided
a nice place to sit and rest once in a while [Andrew narrating] As impressive
as the massive boulders were, there were also wonders
growing far below So these really beautiful,
umbrella-shaped plants are called May apples I think these are all first-year May apples
because they all have a single stalk, but sometimes you’ll find one
with two stalks branching off, kind of like a Y, with a flower or a fruit in the middle And that fruit will grow into a big green ball,
like maybe the size of a ping-pong Later in the season, like around August, you’ll see these
fruits shrivel up into sort of like a yellow wrinkly texture, and that’s the perfect time
to pick them and eat them Now, if you eat too much, you can get
a little sick, but these fruits are so delicious they taste like
passion fruit, kind of And they even have a similar texture
with like, the seeds and the slimy inside, but it’s like such a
delicious, sweet flavor The only downside is that
because they’re so delicious, it’s really hard to find good, ripe fruits because usually
the deer or other animals have eaten them already This trail is really nice because
it’s nice and maintained, or maybe it’s just well-traveled enough
that it’s not overgrown [Andrew] It’s been relatively flat too,
which is always a great blessing [both laugh]
[Robby] Yeah Yeah, just open and peaceful and calm [Robby narrating] We eventually
came to a junction We remembered being told that the trail
leading off of the loop would have some campsites [Andrew] So now the question is:
do we want to keep going, or go up this trail and camp? Well, why do we need
to go up the trail to camp? [Andrew] I just remember them saying
there were campsites up there, but, we probably don’t [Robby] We have lots of time, if we want to explore
we can go check out the North Country Scenic Trail, but I imagine it’s pretty similar to
everything else we’ve done, so [Bryan] I don’t think finding a campsite
will be an issue, honestly [Robby] I don’t think so either
[Andrew] All right, let’s keep going, then [Andrew] That’s true Yeah, I think we can keep going [Andrew] All right The rain’s not supposed to hit
til tonight anyway, right? [Robby] Yeah, it’s supposed to hit like,
at 2 am or something [Andrew] Oh, really? [Andrew narrating] On the trail,
we saw large trees with long vertical scarring, possibly caused by unusual
thawing and freezing patterns of ice [Bryan narrating] We passed by more boulders
and ducked under a fallen beech tree [Robby narrating] And up ahead was a witch hazel tree,
which has medicinal properties And the leaves are astringent, so just like other medicinal plants
that are good for bug bites, It kind of like sucks out all the stuff
and reduces the inflammation They also sell witch hazel mixed
with like an alcohol solution in the pharmacy for similar sorts of treatments [Andrew narrating] The trail entered a grove of saplings,
and through the foliage, Robby made quite the discovery Yo, there’s a heck of a
camp site down there! You see that? [Bryan] Oh, yeah! [Robby] Yeah, I guess it must just be tons of stuff.
Oh, man, let’s get down there Let’s do it This is what I’m talkin’ about! [Bryan] Come on, son! This is what I’m talkin’ about! [Bryan] Yea- Ooh! Look at that! Pick of the litter! Wo- Ooh, man! [Robby] Oh my goodness, dude Andrew! You gotta see this! THIS is fantastic! What’s that place that
the elves live in Lord of the Rings? Like Elvendor or something?
This is like Elvendor [both laugh] Wh- and it just goes on and on! It feels like we just entered
like, a medieval civilization, like we just came out of the woods
and like some farmer John’s got his plot over there, and the castle’s just like a mile down This place is so indescribably
like paradise, like the lush moss on every root,
the running water and the open space I cannot believe this is real [Robby] Yeah, this is- this very much
feels like a paradise of some sort This comes straight
out of a comic strip [both laugh] [Robby narrating] Stretched out before us
was an endless choice of incredible campsites Last night, we had one great throne
that we all had to share But tonight, we have three
for each of us For each king of realms! [Robby] Oooooooh Yo Doesn’t get better than this [Robby narrating] After sitting on our thrones,
we went for a swim in our private pool [both exlaiming] [Andrew narrating] After experiencing
what it was like to be like water, I channeled my inner
Daniel LaRusso in the stream [Bryan narrating] We all rested around the campsite,
taking in the relaxing atmosphere [all exclaim] So I’m gonna see how far this goes
and if there’s more campsites, because it seems like
it just keeps going and going Definitely one more
campsite over there Oh, yeah, there’s a whole
nother campsite over here Man, how far does this go? It’s just like an endless
set of campsites That’s probably about the end, but it looks like there’s
even more campsites across the way Endless camp grounds over here [Robby narrating] It was pretty incredible
getting such a luxurious site, having no one around
but the wilderness [music plays] [Bryan narrating] Back at camp, the serene environment inspired us
to have some milky matcha green tea [Robby] Milky green tea,
thanks to Rich and Yan, once again [Andrew] Actually, I love green tea,
especially the milky variety [all laugh] The last time we had milky tea was Bryan on– halfway to the summit to Mount Kumotori Oh yeah, the Royal Milk Tea [Bryan] Ooh, that’s really hot It smells really good, though [Bryan] Mmm!
[Andrew] You can taste it? Oh, yeah Oh, that’s so nice. It like,
tastes clean, you know, even though it’s milky, it’s like, got that clean, green taste [Robby] Clean, green giant It tastes like how
this environment feels right now Yeah, it’s a nice sweet taste I don’t really taste
the green tea that much, but [Andrew] Oh really?
[Robby] Yeah What is this, dog food? [all laugh] But it definitely just reminds me of like, more of like a– what a
green tea ice cream tastes like I need to drink tea
more often when I’m camping like, this is the perfect
tea environment Yeah, this is the time to drink tea, for sure Yeah, yeah, yeah There are no words
to describe this right now [Bryan] Idyllic That’s about as close
as you can get, I think: idyllic Yeah, yeah [Andrew narrating] Before long, our idyllic afternoon
faded into a dreamy, golden evening [low, dreamy music plays] [Andrew narrating] It’s always so sublime to be able to enjoy the free time
you have out in the wilderness, to be able to relax for hours with nothing
but the present moment on your mind [Robby narrating] As the sun set
behind the hills, we started to put up camp [Robby continues] My rainfly had
somehow gotten a hole in it, so Andrew rigged up a tarp
beneath in case it rained [Bryan narrating] Meanwhile, Robby gave
the hammock a try I’ve never actually gotten in a hammock for real
without shoes and truly relaxed Do you just stick your butt in? Yeah, just sit on– make sure you’re
sitting on the edge of hammock there So, stick your head in there Yep, now turn around [Andrew and Robby laughing] Sit your butt– [Robby] Like this?
[Bryan] Yep, and then just pop your feet in And then your head
should be on this side, and your feet on the other side Okay, that is pretty nice That is not bad at all!
[both laugh] Yeah, this is super comfortable, whoa! And it’s more spacious than I thought,
look I could give birth right now [all laughing] [Robby narrating] While we can’t give birth in the
traditional sense, it was time to give birth to fire [Andrew narrating] And to keep the analogy going, we were about to
deliver triplets via c-section This is called a blast match,
and Andrew got it for me for my birthday I don’t know–
[Robby] Oh happy birthday! [Bryan] Oh yeah, thanks
[Robby] Your birthday was just like a few weeks ago! And I don’t know
how it works or like, what I’m supposed to expect, but he says it’s like
a flint striker, right? [Andrew] Yeah, it’s like a flint striker
on steroids Okay, so what do I do though? OK Uh-huh [Bryan] So like, I go [pssht]
[Andrew] Yeah, yeah, yeah Oh, whoa! [Robby] That is useful, wow! Well that was an easy fire! [all laugh] It’s like a firecracker, almost [Bryan] And it kind of
focuses the sparks really well Wow, yeah that survival class
you went to was definitely worth its money Thank you! [music plays] [Robby narrating] Even though our day
had been super relaxing, we were hungry for some food So when we went to Red River Gorge,
we ran into a guy named Ron, he gave us these Packit Gourmet meals We had never heard of
Packit Gourmet before, and Thomas was like,
“Well let me reach out to Packit Gourmet, see if they can send us anything.” And they sent us some good stuff! “All-American Works Burger,” and apparently
you need tortillas for this We didn’t know that,
but we do have bread And they come with like,
little packets of stuff It’s like, very homemade,
1950’s fun – look at this! It’s like a little baggie of cheese
or something that somebody prepared! [Bryan narrating] As we prepared the meal,
we had a peculiar appetizer to eat: pickled okra Honestly, it’s really not that weird, it’s like kind of like a soft pickle I think the pickling must get rid of
some of the sliminess, but it has a similar flavor too Of all the pickled vegetables,
I feel like okra is one that makes more sense [Andrew] Like it somehow seems to fit
[Bryan] Yeah Yeah, I really like that, actually [Andrew] I saw you wince a little bit Well this is a pickle-sour [Bryan] Yeah, that sourness
can catch ya hard [Andrew] You can eat the stem too
[Robby] Yeah, this vegetable definitely fits for pickling It’s not like a . . . pickled hotdog Sorry, Hoo Billy I– I like pickled hotdog a lot! We know, Andrew Andrew is: “I like [insert food]” People have commented on that. They said: “Is there anything Andrew doesn’t like?” [Andrew] Black licorice But even that, sometimes
I’ve enjoyed some flavored candy Woo, that smells great! Oh, wow! That smells like Taco Night [Bryan] Yeah
[Andrew] Yeah, that’s awesome [Robby narrating] The instructions
suggested using tortillas, but what we had on hand
was some nice, whole-grain bread We added the various condiments
and dug in [Robby] Let’s do a dink– dink! Dink! And, scene Mmm If there weren’t smoke in my eyes, I’d be enjoying this [all laugh] [Bryan] The taste is really good
[Robby] Very tasty That’s the only time I’ve had
the flavor of burger while camping [Bryan] Yeah
[Robby] Yeah! [Robby] Well, since we’re here, we’ve also got “Mom’s Banana Pudding” [Andrew] That . . . sounds amazing [Robby narrating] All that was
needed for the pudding was to add cold water: convenient and delicious [Andrew] That is incredible
[Bryan] I’m excited Like there’s no two ways around it:
that is banana pudding [Bryan] Wow [Bryan] I would just buy this
normally at home, and just eat it
when I want banana pudding [Andrew] Seriously! ‘Cause all you have to do
is add water and just let it sit Well, that was a . . . solid meal tonight! [Bryan] Mm-hm
[Andrew] Yeah, that’s so good! [Andrew narrating] It’s funny how
a couple of rocks, a river, and an open campsite
can feel like luxury. Memories may become more pleasant with age, but these memories
were fond from the start [Andrew] You know, it’s not often
that we have so much time to mill about camp [Bryan] Yeah, it is
a nice change of pace [Andrew] Do you guys get bored
when you’re at camp and there’s nothing to do? I feel like it’s just– when you’re camping,
it’s nice to have that time off sometimes [Robby] “Bored” is way too strong of a word [Bryan and Andrew agreeing] It’s more just like, a nice chance to finally
sit with your own thoughts with no distractions [Andrew] Yeah, yeah. It’s bored
without the negative connotations [Bryan] Right, exactly! Because like,
when you’re bored at home, and you have nothing to do
on your phone, but you’re looking at it, or you have nothing to do
on your computer and you’re looking at it, but here you have nothing to do,
but you don’t have the other things to distract you, so you get to think [Robby] It’s like, you’re not
doing anything, but it’s on purpose [Andrew] And you need moments like this to slow down
and just like, put things in perspective really [Andrew] Yeah, so whether it’s like
in civilization or in the woods, like learning skills that make you
feel more comfortable, that’s something nobody
can take from you Like, you can buy other things
that make your life more convenient, but having actual like,
knowledge or physical skill really . . . It’s with you forever
as long as you keep practicing it [Robby] For experiences, too [Andrew] Yeah, yeah
[Bryan] Yeah, that’s true [Robby] Like, those last a lifetime,
and they only get better with age [Andrew] Yeah, that’s true! It’s funny because we think of it as like,
memories degrading but actually it– it ages like a fine wine [Robby] Yeah, the joy of it?
It just gets creamier [all laugh] [Andrew] What do you think
Thomas is doing right now? He’s like, in a jacuzzi with–
with lobsters in it with him [all laugh] [Andrew] With various seasonings
[Bryan] The lobsters are like, cooking in the jacuzzi [Robby] They’re like, swimming, slowly getting cooked, and then he just waits for them to stop moving
and that’s when he starts to eat [all laughing] [Bryan] He just takes them out
and goes [crunching, biting noises] [all laughing] [music plays] [Bryan narrating] Eventually, we doused the fire
and readied our shelters for the night [music continues] So we’re expecting,
possibly, rain tonight, and if I lay my tarp out completely
it’ll probably poke out and rain will get pooled up in the middle So I just took my backpack and
folded all the corners in and put a rock on it [Robby narrating] And these lights from
one of our viewers, Gregg Gustafson, made preparing our bedding
that much easier Starting to think, uh . . . Should have
brought the other tent It’s like, when you put the rain fly on
and have your stuff under the little vestibule, it kind of pushes in on
the space you have in here [Robby] Andrew got all situated
and now he’s gotta pee [Andrew] Might as well do it now while it’s dry I don’t want to be stuck in here
with a full bladder As we’re laying here, I think we realized
that we’re not all that tired [both laugh] It’s like 9 o’clock or something That is one disadvantage of
always hiking in at night, is that when you actually do get to bed
at a normal time, it feels too early Yeah OK, goodnight [music plays] [Andrew narrating] We woke to a calm
and surprisingly clear morning [Robby narrating] We reflected on our night
while packing up our gear [Robby] Well, that was some sleep! [Andrew] We lucked out: it’s like, it did rain,
it was so light it was hard to notice [Robby] All I know is, both nights sleep was so comfortable,
it was just so hard to get up, man Yeah Like, I feel really good right now,
but I could also immediately go back to sleep Yeah, something about Allegheny
makes you like stay at your campsite till 5 pm [both laugh] If it just stays dry and cool then . . . I will kiss the ground [Bryan narrating] After getting most of our gear situated,
we prepared a unique morning tea Right now, I’m collecting some
hemlock needles for tea What I’m doing is I’m just picking
a few sprigs from each tree so I’m not doing
any major harm to any tree Even though it’s called hemlock,
this is actually perfectly fine to drink tea with Uh, it’s a little misleading, but there’s
another plant called poison hemlock, which is not at all related to this
that is deadly poisonous But this is just gonna taste like uh, kind of nice and herby and minty [Andrew narrating] I also picked several
of the juicy wood sorrels, which I expected
would add a tangy flavor This actually smells like one of those
like fruity tea blends to me It’s pretty mild but it’s good There’s like a hint of like,
herbal fruitiness to it, I think Mmm, yeah. Tastes like
a hotel in China What does that even mean? It means there’s an exotic flavor to it,
and a hot water of some sort, Okay but it’s not very strong
at the same time Yeah, yeah You just got up
and you’re still kind of jet-lagged Now it all
makes sense That’s probably the poison of the hemlock —
no I’m just kidding Oh man, that feels good to drink [Robby narrating] After enjoying the tea,
we began taking down our campsite [Bryan narrating] With our bags packed,
we left the campsite and returned to the main trail [Andrew narrating] Just a little bit ahead
were even more campsites with more than adequate accommodations [Robby] See what we were missing Literal Lay-Z-Boys! for everyone [Andrew] Yeah, we were
in no shortage of campsites [Robby] No So not only did that campsite have good chairs,
it also has like birch bark for great tinder And this is actually a chaga fungus,
which is also good tinder This one looks a little more, you know . . . [laughs] gross than usual For chaga that’s saying a lot, because
chaga usually looks gross, but this is actually– Yeah, there’s like a little
mosquito right there too [Robby] What’s he doing? I have . . . I have no idea Is he stuck on something? No, he’s just being a weird mosquito [Bryan narrating] The muddy trail led us past
a field of ferns and we came to another junction Yeah, so the next bridge will be
about a quarter mile down that way, I think [Robby] This is the
North Country Scenic Trail, this is the North Loop I’m glad we’re not going uphill! Along this trail, we’ve been
bombarded by quite a bit of mosquitoes, but luckily there are some
plants growing here which are great
for mosquito bites And this is called jewelweed It grows a lot of times
in like, wet areas like this, there was actually a ton of this
at the beginning of the trail But it’s got all this juice
in the stem and you just kind of crush it all over your bites, and it’ll help with
the itching and stuff This is also good for like poison ivy
and skin rashes and things like that Yeah, this stuff is great.
It’s nice and juicy, you can hear that juicy sound Wow, you can hear that juice This is horrible [both laughing] [Andrew] You’re not a fan
of the juicy sound? Not a fan of rubbing
juices all over my face [both laugh] [Andrew narrating] Mixed in with the jewelweed,
we also saw some mangy looking wild violets [Robby narrating] A light drizzle began falling, but that didn’t deter Andrew from
checking out a couple of other interesting plants We’re a little early in the season, but if I’m not mistaken,
these are wild blueberry bushes Usually around like July or so, you’ll
see the actual berry start popping out In the Smokies, you see this just
growing all along the trail all the time pretty much But obviously, no berries right now Bryan, give this a whiff Ooh, mint! Yeah [Bryan] Wintergreen again?
[Andrew] Yep That’s some nice wintergreen Got some blueberry
and wintergreen, this is like, uh a grazers heaven minus the rain and mosquitoes [Bryan narrating] We came to a calm but wide and deep stream, and took our boots off to cross it Whoa, there’s some funky
slime molds on this log [Robby narrating] We took turns with the flip-flops
as we crossed the stream [Andrew narrating] The water was cool
and refreshing on our feet [Robby narrating] After crossing,
we checked the map and got our bearings Are we here? So we want to
be going south, right? – I think that’s south
– Yeah [Andrew narrating] The trail
ran parallel to the stream, and in a rotting log, we saw
some slime molds like this Wolf’s Milk There’s a couple slime molds on here I’m gonna take an educated guess
and say the yellow one is Dog Vomit You know, they always have weird names
like Wolf’s Milk and Chocolate Tube But slime molds are
actually really interesting A lot of people who study mushrooms
and fungi study slime molds, but these are actually a protozoa So this is actually a collection
of single-celled organism But they combine and act
as one collective organism, and they grow together and multiply and you know, I’m probably butchering
the science behind it but it’s basically a bunch of individuals
that become one greater individual Think of it as like, if a group of humans–
each human was a cell and they just worked together
in a community They’re considered– they can– they can
work together to achieve things, but they’re not considered
like, one human But it kind of acts like one, right? So it’s interesting,
this downed beech tree has some new spring growth
coming out of it Usually around June like,
you don’t see leaves this fresh But when they are this fresh, you can actually just pick them
and eat them like a salad green And you can see they’ve got the typical
cigar-shaped buds of the beech tree It kind of just tastes like
a neutral, greeny kind of taste Anyone wanna try? [Bryan] No
[Robby] I do! [Bryan] You gon’ die You can imagine with like, salad dressing
it would be actually pretty good Actually tastes a bit like oat bran
or Wheaties or something [Bryan narrating] With that,
we continued on the trail, passing by a campsite
and hiking into sunny patches of forest [upbeat music plays] [Robby narrating] The path ran along the stream, and beneath trees that gave the forest
an ancient, omniscient feeling [upbeat music continues] [Andrew narrating] Amid the tangle of roots,
brightly colored fungi grew on fallen logs So, growing on that
little branch there are really bright, orange
mushrooms called orange mycena They’re not edible or anything, but they’re really pretty, and when you touch them,
sometimes they stain your hand orange And I think a lot of people often ask what they are
because they look like something special And a lot of edible mushrooms
are actually orange And for some reason, I always see them
growing on dead beech branches and it looks like in this case,
it’s no exception We hiked up a steep hill,
past some blackberry flowers, and into an open, fern-filled grove [music plays] [Andrew narrating] Large stones
and thick patches of moss made the forest truly feel like
the home of gnomes and elves [music continues] [Robby narrating] But soon, we entered
a completely different portion of the hike Well, this is the torn down, overgrown area
that they were talking about the other day A lot of this is like, thorny stuff I’m imagining there’s some sort of a berry
that would grow because all of these are in the sort of blackberry/raspberry family Oh, there’s some stinging nettles
to the right here, so be careful Wood nettles, to be precise All the little species of plants that you see
growing here and there in the forest floor are suddenly dominant in this area because all these trees
have been cut down [Robby, laughing] I was just thinking to myself,
“I hope this doesn’t go for too long” [Andrew] It’s funny how it’s like more open
but more claustrophobic at the same time [Robby] Woo, you can
see the hills in the distance It’s definitely the first time
we’ve seen a view like this [music plays] [Robby narrating] As beautiful as the views were,
this was definitely a much thicker, thornier section than the small patch of brambles
we had experienced the other day Yeah, I think this is actually possible that this is
the thickest that we’ve ever been through, on an actual trail, especially Looks like we’re about to get
back into the woods Thankfully Yeah, there’s that nice cool breeze [Robby] Man, that was intense It’s like walking into an
air-conditioned building or something Oh this feels so good! [Robby] This feels great Nothing like a little bit of contrast
to really make you appreciate what you were taking for granted The bird sounds here are
just like, totally unreal I think it partially has to do with the fact that there’s just
a lot of bird calls that I don’t hear normally But it almost feels like you’re
walking through like a premade forest and they’ve got like speakers
with bird sounds just playing on repeat I don’t know a lot of the bird calls,
but there’s one bird call I keep hearing in particular That one– and that’s the wood thrush,
and for some reason it’s always has like an exceptionally echo-y sound whenever I hear it But we actually heard it and filmed it the first time
we tried filming Adventure Archives at Hocking Hills And that’s why I know that bird It’s such a pretty, flute-y sound [Andrew narrating] Growing nearby were intricate flowers
to match the beauty of the bird calls So along with rhododendrons, there’s another plant
with really waxy, shiny leaves, and this is called the Mountain Laurel, you see
both of those a lot in Appalachian landscapes and the main thing that stands out
about these for me is just the flowers, because they have this
incredibly intricate kind of look and this really beautiful pink and white color It’s just like such a weird,
otherworldly looking flower [music plays] [Bryan narrating] We entered into another
section of the forest scattered with large rocks [Robby narrating] And in the soil below,
salamanders scurried about [music continues] [Andrew narrating] The boulders
towered above us, but on the ground were signs of trees
that towered even higher So I found this on the floor And this is actually
a tulip of a tulip poplar That’s where it gets its name,
is this beautiful, beautiful flower And what I like about it is that
the petal has these bright orange striations on it
that actually look like flame And it’s funny because tulip poplar,
the bark and both the wood are great for fire But it’s cool that it looks like
a little flame on the petal there It’s really pretty [music plays] [Robby narrating] We often talk about the dichotomy
between struggle and leisure in nature And how the contrast between the two reminds us
how little we need to be happy [Bryan] But sometimes, it’s the most peaceful,
pleasant moments in the wilderness
that really hit the message home [Robby] On perfect trips
to the wilderness like this, a small stone chair and a dip in the river
can take an already pleasant moment and make them that much better [Andrew] When you boil down any
creature comfort or material want to find what lies underneath, you discover that they all
point towards the same things things like community, health, security [Robby] We don’t need
vast amounts of wealth to be happy We don’t need big mansions
and we don’t need shiny cars [Andrew] What use are all the world’s riches
if they’re hoarded by one person? What good is a luxurious home
with nobody to share it with? [Bryan] Yes, dealing with the roughness of nature
can make you truly appreciate the small things in life [Andrew] But a pleasant day’s breeze
in the soft glow of the evening sunlight can reveal to you all the same how little is really needed
to live luxuriously [music continues] [Andrew] Paradise isn’t the Palace of Versailles: It’s the Garden of Eden, a wild and modest forest, whose glowing green canopy shines
more beautiful than all the gold leaf in the world [music continues, swells] [Andrew] This really was
the perfect way to finish it Like we had that
sweaty, uphill hiking And then we came to this overlook
and we just really– It feels like we earned it, you know? [Robby] Yeah [Andrew] The payoff is just
that much more rewarding [Robby] It’s hard to imagine:
we were down there [Bryan] Yeah Whenever I see an overlook like this,
it’s just always mind-boggling to me Because when you’re hiking and you’re on the trail
and you’re just referring to that map, you can only think of
that little, enclosed location But then you get up here and you think like,
“Man there’s just miles and miles of trees and mountains.” [Andrew] Yeah . . . good
change of perspective to be up here [Andrew narrating] When we
collectively abandoned the palace, when we tear it down
and let a forest grow in its place We may all begin to feel
much happier in life [Bryan] Maybe somebody got lost [Robby] Weird Because we saw that also
at the like first junction sign too [Andrew] Oh really? Well, I am doubly glad we picked this direction because
this would be a really difficult uphill if you started it
from down here Mosquitoes Yeah, the parking lot’s like–
you might be able to see it from here Drastically more empty than it was the other day though Man I love all parts of a hike:
start, middle, end [Andrew] Whale is illegal [Robby] Oh is it illegal? I think so! [Robby] Well we’re goin’ illegal today! Can’t really taste the mushroom, but the fried crunchy bits are good. Now the reason it does not taste like mushrooms Is it because it’s actually cauliflower Here we’ve got the whale dinner that is huge it’s like one piece of fish, so it makes your face [Andrew] That is huge! It’s like one piece of fish Hold it next to your face That’s giant! So me and Andrew,
we’re gonna share this and we’ll share the meatloaf [Bryan] And mine is gonna be two meals Don’t think this is the proper way to eat it, but Oh That’s good, man! Look at all that meat right there [Robby] How’s that tartar sauce? It’s good. So is the meatloaf Mmm, really good spices Potatoes have the skins in them,
that’s how I like it [Robby] Mmm, potatoes with the skins
is the best This place has something called the whale challenge And you eat like four pounds of fish –
a whole loaf of bread Bowlof our coleslaw, an order of french fries,
a piece of our signature gob cake [Robby] Andrew did it all I did not This is a dark chocolate cake with
whipped vanilla icing and it’s made by her grandmother So it’s gonna be good, you already know it That IS really good! She was warning us it would
still be frozen but that’s like — [Robby] It’s perfect Ooh, that’s good Yeah, it’s like eating an ice cream cake Whale dinner and the gob cake:
that’s what you gotta get if you come here It’s enough food for five men Thank you very much for watching quick sidenote you asked for it And we finally have them t-shirts are available by clicking the link in the description or using the tray below the video Feel free to check those out and we will have more designs in the future. Thank you very much. Hope you enjoyed the video Jim Potts Hmm. I see your skills have gone beyond the mere physical level your talents are now at the point of spiritual insight I have several questions What is the highest technique you hope to achieve to have no technique very good What are your thoughts when facing an opponent like s11 n to keep sharing and caring? continue a good fight should be like a small play but played seriously a Good martial artist does not become tense but ready When Clinton and Corrin Johnson, give a shout out It is to Noah and Mila Johnson when I receives a shout out It is from Josh and Carol Riggs and when there is an opportunity Jason bourgeois does not hit It hits all by itself No, you mean oh, he’s Jasper cop errata the whole time He was the one controlling it Eric broom. Oh was telling the truth. He really wasn’t doing it Yes, that’s right. Good boy Too bad. You’re not your sister Melissa pool, or you would have figured it out a long time ago, duh Please mercy I beg you I’ve already given you back at McBride soil have a night You want to know whether I’ll forgive you or not? Why don’t you just do what you do best and read my mind? No Answer this. Well, I hit you with John Truitt or well I decide to deck you with Lisa Truitt Well, since you’re asking you’ll use John Truett. No Lisa Truitt, no. No, you’re not gonna use both. Are you? Yes Charlie Joe Aaron Joan Have fortunate of me to meet the Joe Joe brothers. I’m with the organization expedition of research LLC We run this town and they want me to bring you I Have to fight for my partner Cynthia because we’re having a kid so I’m afraid we’re gonna have to take you down Deb some of my staff team Anderson Sarah Churchwell Shoutout to Cincinnati area backpackers. You can never defeat the power of brothers who are each other stands Feeble fire put again whose for look at it. It’s like his eyes are like glowing well Nothing to do with that beetle Look let’s snatch them out of the air. Whoo

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  • Maximus Prometheus

    43:30 You can see a deer 🦌 On the top right corner of the screen run by…Keep watching and now look at the top left side of the screen. Sasquatch it is.

  • Maximus Prometheus

    The bow drilling part had me in tears from laughing so hard. I was expecting you to hit out of the park, since you were spitting so much knowledge about it – then it seemed like you were never going to make it! LMAO πŸ˜‚ It got so dark, I was like oh man, you guys are fucked! Got to give you guys credit for keeping it going tho. Well done πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • Aditya Walimbe

    anyone else feel the video was tooo dammn faast like rapid cuts full of movement? slow down bruh let us see the scene. i dont know if anyone noticed but this video had so much panning and cutting i really felt nauseated stopped the premier like half way through and came back now like no offence but whats up guys…why such a sudden change in production??????

  • DiabolicDoug

    The thicker brush areas are from a big tornado that blew all of the trees down about 4 years ago. It was really crazy to see right after it happened.

  • kckrye

    That section you went through that was real overgrown and had fallen trees was from a bad storm back in 2015 or so. They closed the trail because so many trees had come down you couldn't even pass through there. I know that a girl from a church youth group died there when a tree came down on their camp site.

  • Jay Excess

    We camped at the exact site you guys were at for night 2 maybe two weeks before you were there. We had ourselves a little spiritual experience around that fire. I sat on that throne up against the one tree for a good portion of the night.

  • Rosaline Oh

    Hey Andrew, can you share the info about that nifty ferrel rod you got Bryan for his birthday? Looks like might be great starter kit for a beginning bushcrafter like myself

  • Alf Kristian Rickertsen Hole

    Amazing, just amazing! Love all your videos, they are just so beautiful. -Patreon supporter (money well spent)

  • madhacker7

    Fantastic video! I've wanted to do this trail for a long time now. What month did you guys go and was it a weekend? This is a six hour drive for me but I'm totally sold! Do you have gps coordinates or info on how to reach those awesome camp sites?

  • RicoChet AndFee

    My wife and I really enjoy watching you kids enjoying life. We just came back from a place called Killarney Provincial Park up near Sudbury, Ontario. I can see you guys having a blast up there. It's really remote and one of only three true wilderness designated Provincial parks in Ontario (not even Algonquin Provincial Park has that designation). It's replete with weeklong hikes (permitted campsites 78km Silhouette Trail) and /or canoeing and portaging to back country sites on any of the fifty lakes. It is on the North shore of the Georgian Bay and nestled into the La Cloche Mountain range which is extremely beautiful. If you don't have a site reserved at George Lake just go to the outfitter 5km south and camo in the back for free then the next morning go in to rent you canoes and/or go to George Lake to get your overnight permits or call them first and set up a trip then get your canoes delivered or pick em up at the lake accesses after camping free. Very simple. Use Sudbury (1 hr. Drive) as your fly in or Toronto (4 hour drive). Check it out.

  • Jeremy Cox

    33:47 imagine walking alone in the woods and finding 3 dudes in their 30s filming themselves eating candy and going " look its a tongue blblblbah"..

    Great episode as always guys!!

  • jody albro

    Everytime I watch a video, I think it can't possibly get better….and then your next one comes out! You all knock it out the ballpark every.damn.time.
    This is how I relax and unwind, Excellent job!

  • RockEastwood JAPAN Outdoors

    Well done episode, fellas. As usual a professionally done film. It's always exciting when a AA video posts. Looking foward to the next! Camping for daaaays

  • Bill Smith

    Thanks for another excellent video gentlemen. I felt like I was there with you. Check out the Pine Mountain trail (Highlands Section) in Eastern Kentucky for a future video.

  • Trail Cat

    It was awesome to see Minister Creek through your eyes. It's frequent of mine. What is the name of the Restaurant you all ate at? Always looking for a good place to eat while in the Alleghenies. Thanks for all your amazing work:)

  • Heljos 24

    You guys need to do the Black Forrest Trail in Slate Run PA. Undoubtedly the toughest trail in PA. Just did this myself a few weeks ago. 46.7 miles in 3 days. Brutal climbs and descents but amazing views.

  • Graden Young

    As a Hoosier who grew up camping I can’t get enough of this channel. I don’t remember the last thing I came across that made me smile this much. I just graduated college and it can feel like there’s enormous pressure to β€œbe successful” or climb the corporate ladder. This is exactly what I needed to remind me to slow down and go back to what actually makes me happy. I can’t thank you guys enough for sharing this amazing content.

    Now I’m rounding up my friends and we’re hittin the trail. Adventure on.

  • Scott May

    Request: a solo episode from each AA hero. Sincerely. Like Robby did with the Timberline Trail. (secretly hoping Brian's solo episode would be a silent film – or nature sounds only)

  • Susan Tuna

    That was a jojo reference hahaha rero rero rero rero. Whats next steve mre info. References or what hahah love the video like always amazing job if you guys Sell a collection on Blu-ray or.something ill buy it.

  • Deanna Eliot

    It took me 4 tries to finish this episode because the music, the calm serene tones, the poetry of it lulls me into such a peaceful state, I haven’t been able to stay awake 😳 I did it though! I made it to post hike meal! Love the content boys.

  • Michael M

    You guys are awesome love your videos but those load lifters on your bags need to be tightened guys! Pull that load twords your back, thats got to be uncomfortable πŸ˜‹

  • Andrew Coffey

    Not sure you are aware of Henry Fords camping trips..you fellas seem smart enough to be interested and grasp it. I have not watched all of your videos but recreating one of them might be fun..since they have so many pictures. Anyway best of luck.
    https://www.thehenryford.org/collections-and-research/digital-resources/popular-topics/the-vagabonds/

    Andrew
    Chicago

  • David Angeletti

    Another great video guys! I have a request. Sometimes you guys have some really nice meals to make that require a non-traditional amount of ingredients for multi-day backpacking trips. Any chance you could make a video one day on how you pack your food? Anyway, keep up the good work!

  • Star Mountain Outdoors & Bushcraft

    As a fellow star trek fan, I'm still laughing at the comment about slime molds being like the borg! Although, it would be more appropriate regarding ants and bees. Good video guys!

  • Avarita Price

    Your films are a great way to start the evening after a long day working. I am like camping on the couch with you guys, with my bowl of salad or a plate of hot food on my lap. Not sharing lol. I love the scenery of this film especially, and also all the detail and educational parts you guys always put in it.
    I go camping tomorrow, bicycle to the Dutch coast, next day a long hike in the dune forest and the day after bicycle home. Being outside gives so much energy πŸ™‚

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