Daily Miles: 23
Total Miles: 844
It was a perfect temperature for sleeping last night. We have had several campsites lately where deer come through at night and bother the light sleepers in the group, but luckily last night there were no deer to disturb us from our sleep.
Beardoh had a good night of sleep, but still felt completely exhausted before we even started walking. His stomach did ok in the morning, but by afternoon things weren’t looking too good anymore.
The landscape this morning seemed quite different than what we have been seeing up to now. There were endless little ponds and lakes along the trail…something very new for us. It was quite pretty and almost felt a little like the Desolation Wilderness near Lake Tahoe.
Near one lake, we came upon a very large and old chimney just sitting out in the woods. We were surprised at how good of shape it was in, but it was completely random to see it hanging out in the middle of the forest.
The trail was mostly easy walking today with one bigger climb. A lot of the day was above tree line and it was quite windy. The wind was really cold until the afternoon, which meant we were often wearing our wind shirts or mittens until lunchtime. Even in the afternoon when it wasn’t as cold, the wind was really strong and it took some effort to remain upright.
As Beardoh started to feel worse in the afternoon, he had wanted to stop earlier to camp, but there weren’t any viable camping options. The trail stayed high on a ridge and we just had to wait until the trail dropped down into the trees. We decided not to stop for dinner before camp. Beardoh’s main priority was getting into his hammock and being able to lay down.
We finally found a decent campsite around 6pm. Beardoh got his hammock up while SweetPea got dinner cooking. Just laying down in the hammock has a way of relaxing your whole body, so hopefully Beardoh has a relaxing night of sleep and feels better in the morning.