This was supposed to be a two day adventure in the wilds of the Sierra Ancha. It was cut short and you can have one guess as to why, but will get to that in a minute. The plan was to hike some trails I hadn't hiked and two weekdays exploring one of my favorite hiking destinations. Armed with some research a copy of the often sited Echoes in the Canyons:... the plan was to load the pack up to backpack weight and put some miles on the legs. First day, pulled up to a trailhead with several downed trees. I was getting Stiller Mazzie Wilderness flashbacks. I realized some of my notes and maps were left on the counter at home. Oh well I don't need no stinking maps! I have succeeded in getting to the Sierra Ancha to hike at 6:30 a.m. no small feet.
I'm ready for anything. Second climb over fallen trees break a trekking pole. No problem take it back to the truck. The rest of the day was smooth saw wildlife, sites, had great views. Explored several trails and jeep tracks and got bushwacking out of my system for the month.
Got to my truck and decided to camp Fr203a and see the Nordhoff-Hope ruins to start day 2. Get some breakfast nice 1/2 mile hike to see if my body would agree to Day 2 activities which was 3 hikes in a different area of the Sierra Ancha. Hiked down to the site and started to take some pictures approaching the site. Hiked up to the base to get a picture from below of the room off to the side from the main alcoves (see lame blurry picture in the photoset). Just after the sound of my camera taking the picture as I was looking at the picture, I heard a buzzing getting closer and looked up to see bees coming out of a cave below the dwelling. I rushed to put the camera away and at that point started to feel something pelting me in the face. You got it being dive bombed by angry bees. Started swatting myself as I made a quick retreat through loose rock, cactus, and a slope. At 200 feet I was still fighting off bees attacking. I succeeded in breaking my sunglasses on my face and the clip on the back of my gps that allows it to clip it to my clothes. I'm not sure how many stings I received, but when I got back to the truck I brushed off at least 15 poison sacks and stingers off my forearm. Got a couple on the face some succeeded in getting into my shirt. It was interesting, because after I managed to kill off the first round every 30-60 seconds I would get attacked by 2-3 bees this happened until I was about 1/4 mile away from the site. Fortunately, they seemed to want to attack my gloves which they couldn't sting through and allowed me to humanely dispose of them. I had the epi pens at the ready all the way back and did not have any signs/symptoms. Pulled off all the stingers I could find and removed the sacks from my skin and rubbed benedryl gel on all of my exposed skin. No symptoms called my advice nurse and did some reading and evidently, you can be allergic to hornets and not be allergic to bees. Didn't know this and didn't want to take chances at the time after my last insect stinging episode several years back. Day two of my Sierra Ancha adventure will have to be completed at a future time.