Learning to live, camp, and paint from a backpack. Three miles didn't sound like much, but with a 70 pound pack, over roots and rocks, it was murder. This was my first primitive art camp. I returned to base the next day and shed 25 pounds. For the next three weeks I would consider each gram that entered my pack. I got very buff, and dropped 10 lbs off my 120lbs fighting weight. I was famished this entire trip. I had voluptuous dreams of cheese burgers with french fries. Though deprived of calories and comfort, this trip to Isle Royale became one of my favorite art safaris.