It turns out that the Yetimen are real, and they were having their annual campout! There was a short walk to Birch Run shelter and it was PACKED! It felt like we were out on 4th of July.
I was looking forward to introducing people to one of my favorite hiking spots when I lived in Pittsburgh. We had a great time and enjoyed all the different landscapes (pine forests! rhododendrons! boulder fields! ski slopes!) and the layers of crunchy ice on the trail.
Confusion quickly turned to glee and they processed and started deciding between the multitude of goodies we offered, which was really fun to see.
We had some fun rapids, but nothing above Class I. It was just about the perfect intro to packrafting.