Miles Hiked: 25.2
PCT Mileage: 2078.2
Last night it rained for about 20 minutes. Honestly it was nice because it hasn’t rained on me in so long. I slept in this morning and didn’t start getting ready until around 5:30am. I slowly packed up my things and got on the trail around 6am before both Trail Diva and Midnight. The skies were overcast and gloomy. I was excited about it. I walked through a burned forest for quite a long time today. All the mountains surrounding me were covered in dead timber. It seemed like quite a massive burn from several years ago. There was lots of grass and flowers growing in it and occasionally some still live conifer trees in patches. I stopped to eat a 660 calorie cranberry oat cookie for Breakfast. Midnight caught up to me here and we hiked together for a little bit before the water source at mile 7. She told me that I had the only foot prints on the trail this morning since the rain last night and there were fresh cat tracks following the before they veered off. It creeped me out. I haven’t thought about cats since the desert.
At the water source I ate some snacks before hiking on to the cabin I was looking forward to. It sprinkled a bit of rain on and off the whole way but not enough to make me get out my rain coat or anything. The cabin was big and I sat on the front porch taking a break. It overlooked a large meadow. The cabin is owned by the forest service and snow mobiling club and is free to use. I was so thankful for it! I stayed there for over an hour hanging out with Trail Diva and Midnight. Eventually I left at 1pm excited to only have 12 miles left to camp. I was so excited to get there early today! On the way I stopped at a water source for a half an hour and then continued on. I ate about 8 red huckle berries I found. We have been walking by so many but none of them have been ripe yet. Within 30 minutes, my stomach was hurting so bad. This happened to me a few times on the CDT too. I was hoping my stomach was a lot stronger this time then it used to be. Turns out it’s not. I was in so much pain for about a mile before I had to sit down and take a break. I felt like I was going to throw up. I ate half a bagel with some peanut butter and eventually the feeling passed. I think it’s because the berries were so tart and acidic. I can have a really weak stomach ever since I got sick last summer.
I hiked on uphill listening to my favorite podcast: backpacker radio. I got some cell service so I stopped a few times to chat with my friends. Downhill to camp and I found that the four person tentsite we were aiming for already had four people in it. I sat and waited on my friends to see what they would want to do. We could squeeze but it wasn’t ideal at all. I looked ahead on the map tomorrow and found a good site to aim for. I was going to tell them a good plan when they showed up. Trail Diva was happy to set up camp despite having a sloped spot. I was so happy to be at camp before 7pm today! I fell asleep incredibly early tonight. I woke up at 9pm thinking it was time to leave for the next day already. When I realized what time it was I fell back to sleep.