Sunday May 21, 2017
I didn’t make it far 2.2 miles
Total mileage 367.3
I was up early today. I had a 14 mile day planned and Jim arranged for one of his clients to be waiting up the trail with some trail magic set up.
I was walking down a paved road off trail headed to a state park to use the restrooms, get water and get rid of my trash. As I was walking to the park I noticed that I had a message from Jim. Since I had service I called him. He proceded to tell me that because there was some famous international bike race the roads were closed where the trail magic would be. I was disappointed, but couldn’t do anything about it. I told him where I was and that I was headed into a park to get water. As I was talking to him on the phone I see a man walking up the road with his dog. I continued to tell Jim about all the excitement I had at the shelter this morning. There was a bear in camp this morning. I watched it walk up to someone sleeping in a hammock check it out and move on checking on the rest of the tents in the area. As I was watching this a hiker came up to me and told me that the bear got her food bag. She had a 16 mile day planned to get back to her car. Someone had given her a cliff bar. I gave her the two bars I had in my pocket to help her. I look up again and the guy with the dog is getting closer to me. I think to myself that I hope he goes around me just so I didn’t have to change my path. It wasn’t until I was almost on top of the guy with the dog that I realize that it is Jim and that was my dog!!! I just lost it I grabbed ahold of him and balled my eyes out I was so overwhelmed to see him. What a fantastic day this turned out to be.
When SOULFLOWER got to the park she proceed to tell us that after I left she watched the bear climb a tree and come back down then climb another tree and come down with someone else’s food bag! We had heard that there there had been a bear in the area and we actually got to see it. This was my third bear sighting.
Jim offerd to slack pack SOULFLOWER and I but I just wanted to spend the time with him and Berkley. Together we hiked another mile of trail. It was so awesome to have him and Berkley out there with me. I couldn’t have been happier at that moment.
We left the park and drove to the Bellvale Farms Creamery and got SOULFLOWER that ice cream that she missed. I heard this his ice-cream place is ranked #2 in the country based on trip advisor. The ice cream was awesome and I didn’t mind a second serving. 😀