August 12, 2017: Hiked Miles 1863.4 to 1890.0 + .8 back to trail (27.4 total)
I slept so hard last night. My body needed it after not sleeping much the night before. When the alarm went off at 6:00 I didn’t want to open my eyes. I think Colton pushed snooze a couple times because before I knew it I opened my eyes and it was almost 6:30. I got out of the tent and shivered. Mornings by the water are always the coldest. And usually the prettiest too.
The trail looked a little wet like it had got rained on a bit last night. You would think that would have helped out with some of these fires, but from all the helicopters we saw today, I’m guessing not.
We climbed up to a ridgetop and had a view of C- Lake, as Colton called it.
Then we wound back down into the trees.
And I’m glad we did because when we reached the top we had a view of one of the fires and got to watch a copter fill up from a pond and drop water on it all lunch break.
We probably watched the copter drop 30 times on this same little fire. Finally it looked like they were starting to get a handle on it. Hopefully, we don’t need anymore fire closures.
It got pretty windy and cool during lunch and I was freezing when we started hiking again. I’m always cold when we’re not hiking. It’s so annoying.
After lunch the trail was all downhill and my feet were starting to feel it. It seemed to be dragging on, so I turned on an audiobook I am listening to called The Help. So far it’s a pretty good book about life in the south in the ’60s. I would definitely recommend it.
We passed above a big lake at of point, but it’s a little hard to see with all this dang smoke:
Oregon had been relatively flat compared to California, but for some reason my legs have been killing me ever since we got here. My guess is that we are using the same muscles all day instead of switching up the muscles being used with the more ups and downs of California. So I stretched for a long time tonight before dinner and attempted to roll out my super tight quad muscles with the heel of my hand. I thought for sure it worked until I tried to get up after dinner and could barely walk.
It’s already chilly since we’re sleeping by water again so we might be in for a cold night. Although I think we both sleep better if it’s a little chilly. But just a little! Not ready for snow yet!