Miles Hiked: 25.7
Total Milage: 2377.2
Today I woke up around 6:30 and left camp by 7am. It was a really cold morning. I hiked three miles to the next water source that was way off the trail. I spent about twenty minutes filtering water. It was a good break. I continued to walk on an exposed ridge with awesome views the rest of the day. We all took a 30 minute snack break together before doing a long descent and having lunch on the side of the Dearborne River. I was going to cross the river on a log but luckily Ozark spotted a snake on the log, so I took my shoes off to cross instead. It was warm and sunny at lunch time. Today I ate three peanut butter wraps with Oreos in them.
It felt like I was zoning out and thinking about nothing all day. It was nice that the trail was pretty flat and through a forest for the last part of the day. It started to feel like we were getting deeper into grizzly ʕ·ᴥ·ʔ country because of the increase in vegetation. Today I took the safety off my ʕ·ᴥ·ʔ spray just to see how easy it was to get off. It wasn’t hard and I felt a lot better knowing how to use it. I’ve just been afraid to do it around anyone else in case I accidentally fired it.
Ozark showed me what Oregon berries and rose hips are today. I’ve been seeing them on trail more frequently. The Oregon berries are edible but extremely tart especially after you brush your teeth. He also told me that tea can be made from the rose hips but it’s recommended to dry them out first. Our camp tonight was in another very tight flat spot so we all camped on top of each other once again. It just makes me laugh. I’m sure everyone sleeps a little better in ʕ·ᴥ·ʔ county that was too.
– Early Bird