Daily Miles: 20
Total Miles: 2312
It seems that we were all up late doing town tasks and didn’t get to sleep until 11:00pm. We got up at 6:00 to pack up and get ourselves organized before heading back to the trail at 7:00. Although we were tired when we left, we were really happy with our stay in White Pass. The rooms were nice and comfortable, and we were able to get all of our gear dried out.
Walking on the road back to the trail this morning, we came across hundreds of itty bitty baby frogs on the road. We did our best to avoid stepping on them, but they were in a pretty perilous situation.
The trail today was quite smooth and nice to walk on. The morning started with a steady climb, but it was so gradual, that it was pretty easy. The weather was nice and cool with some clouds, which made it the perfect temperature for hiking.
We found a nice sunny spot for lunch beside a small lake. We decided to have some hot tea with lunch. We have been really glad to have a stove for the past week. Having a hot meal or a hot drink is so comforting as the weather is getting colder.
The trail was pretty quiet again today. We only saw three northbounders all day and just one hiker going south in the morning. It has been pretty nice to not feel like we are in a big bubble of hikers…this is more how we thought (or hoped) the whole trail would be.
We had a few more elk sightings this afternoon. We had seen plenty of their poop in the trail today, so we knew they were around. Beardoh even walked up on a small group of elk that were pretty close to the trail. It is always fun to see them, because they seem so shy.
We had planned to go another few miles this evening, but as the afternoon rolled on, the low grey clouds came in and we started to get some sprinkles. We figured it would be best to get our camp set up before any real rain started, so we just looked for the most tolerable spot, since we weren’t near any established campsites. There were a few more sprinkles as we got our tarps and hammocks set up, but no real rain. Hopefully the clouds will just move through tonight and we can have a dry day tomorrow.
The area where we are camped seems to be a popular place for the elk. There is lots of elk poop in the area, and some definite game trails nearby. Maybe we’ll get some elk visitors to our camp tonight!
It is quite cool again tonight. SweetPea is looking forward to getting her silk sack back when we get to the next trail town…that will help her stay a bit warmer at night in her hammock.