The story starts on a very dreary Saturday morning. For the first time in weeks, I had a full weekend off. I had decided long beforehand that if I had a full weekend off, a trip to the Sandhills was in order. After sleeping in and seeing the rain pass us by, I headed out to get some food and pointed the trusty old Buick westward, headed for the sandhills around Merritt Reservoir near Valentine. Had not been there in a couple years, and knew there was plenty of good area to hike and camp in.