I had a bit of a scare when I woke up. My phone was completely and totally dead. I had sent the paper maps for this section up the trail to Drakesbad Guest Ranch, but I skipped that part of the trail and so I don’t have paper maps again until I get to Ashland. But I’ve been fine with Halfmile’s App on my phone. I can find the trail no problem, it’s knowing where to get water that I really need.
But I plugged it into my “brick” right away, and by the time I broke camp it was working again. Whew! And it was good too, because up the trail aways I got service on this rock and called my Dad. I told him about my indecisions and fears and had a bit of a cry. I don’t know what I’m doing out here anymore.
Then I hiked back up to the trail and moved on.
It really is too pretty to stop here. I’m absolutely walking to Ashland before I do anything hasty like quit the trail. Right?
And Lucy is absolutely right about how beautiful Washington is. I really want to see that, which is whole reason I skipped ahead in the first place. I’m not out of this game yet.
Coming out here with out a sleeping bag was a big mistake, we’ll leave it at that. I’m getting off in Cecilville for a few days and my friend Chris will meet me there and bring me a sleeping bag from home. Folks, don’t go backpacking above 5,000 feet without a sleeping bag.
Otherwise, pretty quiet day on the trail. Saw a big bear. Looks like we may be out of the thunderstorms for a while.
You didn’t really think I was going to quit, did you?