Saturday July 20, 2019
Morning view of the pond we camped beside.
We rise around 5:30am to slightly warmer temperatures than yesterday. I believe SHORTCUT said it was about 45 degrees. I have condensation all over the inside of the tent. I dry it some with my bandana.
Notice the bandana…always ready for use!!!
I use my bandana for so much stuff. It functions as a tissue, wash cloth, pee rag, towel and for sun protection. I’m sure I am probably forgetting something, but you get the picture.
We pack up and are out of camp in 45 minutes. It is super painful to pack up the tent again. My hands are so cold. I have to take a break and stuff them in my pants against my skin to try and warm them up so they aren’t so painful.
I made a rookie mistake leaving Big Lake youth camp yesterday. I had way to much food and really paid the price for the extra weight. SHORTCUT helped me out by carrying some of my gear for me today. She is a good friend!😊
We arrive at camp tonight and the mosquitos are horrible here. I quickly set up my tent and climb in. I go through my food and look for things that I can get rid of. I decide to get rid of about 6-7 meals. I empty them all into a large gallon ziplock. I will look for a place to dump it tomorrow. I am thinking about one of the stagnant ponds we pass or a flowing creek. I’m really not sure which one will do the less damage, but it is a lesson learned.
Since the mosquitos are so bad here I don’t want to exit my tent to pee. So I use my cook pot to pee in.😮 I just reach my hand out to dump it to avoid the mosquitos. So I will be eating cold food for the rest of the trip. I should reach a resort along the trail in 1.5 days and I will leave my fuel canister in the hiker box since I will not be needing it any more.
For those of you who don’t know a hiker box is for hikers. We leave things we don’t want or need for others to claim. They are usually found at hostels.
My blisters on my hands are getting worse and now I’m starting to notice them on the back of my calfs and the lower part of my quads just above my knees. All areas that have been exposed to the sun. They are all areas that got a little sun burnt, but not terribly bad. I am just having a major reaction. The skin isn’t even that red. I just hope they don’t break open and get infected.
We see a few horses on trail today. It looks like trail maintainers use them to get to remote sections of trail and to help carry equipment.