So you may have been asking yourself over the past few days, “hey where’s Casey? Why hasn’t he written about trails or hiking lately?”

If you thought it was due to the life-altering stress of searching for a new apartment, or the back-to-back one-two punches of E3 and ComicCon coverage, you’d be close — but wrong.

It’s rats. Plague rats. In the Angeles National Forest.

Like most things that decimated populations hundreds of years ago, the plague is pretty easily cured nowawdays, so this won’t actually keep me out of the mountains. Those other things might, though.