Daily Miles: 22
Total Miles: 611
It rained off and on over night, but we all stayed dry. Luckily the rain stopped before we got up. We were also lucky that we stopped to camp when we did last night, because there was a herd of cows grazing about a half mile up the trail. It would have been really annoying to either have to camp near the cows, or keep walking to get away from them.
The morning sky was very grey with low clouds. Definitely not the blue skies we had wished for. It was rather chilly, but at least it didn’t start raining.
In general, it was a pretty unremarkable day. The trail was often very rocky and eroded. Because the weather wasn’t great, we often just saw clouds and no other views. At times the trail would have a steep climb or descent and then go back to just a meandering rock path.
We did get some spurts of rain during the day, but nothing too strong. It was just enough to keep the trail from being dusty. That was a good thing, since none of the water sources today had enough flow to be able to do laundry. Tomorrow we will be wearing our socks from today. We generally don’t like re-wearing our socks, but it should be fine since the trail wasn’t very dusty today.
Near the end of the day, we came across some colorful arrows attached to the trees along the path. There were things written on the arrows such as “Life is Good” “I’m Hungry” and “My feet hurt”. Turns out all these arrows were pointing to trail magic someone had set up on a forest service road we were coming to. Turns out Pooh, Jan and some of her friends are out here for 10 days to do trail magic. They had hotdogs and chips, which was perfect since it was getting close to dinner time.
After eating our hotdogs and chips, we ended up making our own dinners under their canopy since it was drizzling out. The hotdogs were a good appetizer to dinner and it was nice to chat with the trail angels. It really brightened our day, since we had been dealing with off-and-on rain as well as a heel bruising trail all day.
After saying our Thank You’s for the trail magic, we headed down the forest service road. We found some trees for a good campsite about a half mile before a paved road. We got our shelters set up before more rain came, so we were happy to be dry under our tarps. Hopefully tomorrow we will wake up to blue skies.