8.23.18. 19.7 miles.
I didn’t go to bed until well after dark last night. It was cool bc I finally got to see some stars. Not so many though bc the moon is almost full. The smoke really blew in overnight though. I could barely make out the trees across the lake. I slept in again, as there was no rush to hurry up since breakfast wasn’t served until 8. I slowly got ready and went back up to the hiker building, charged my things that I used, braided my hair, got some free coffee, and waited until we could get breakfast. Which ended up being more around 9. This camp is all vegetarian, so I had biscuits & gravy, fake bacon, fresh pineapple, Frosted Flakes, and toast. The fake eggs didn’t look appetizing at all. I really am not a fan of any type of buffet-style eggs. I hate looking at them in the warming dish.
After eating breakfast, I re-organized my pack, and was finally off around 10:30. The hiking was super slow going at first, even though the terrain was pretty flat. I took a break at the 2,000 mile marker (!!) bc I was tired. When I reached the Santiam Pass trailhead only a mile later, I took another mini bathroom break. Then the first climb started. About 1,800 feet over 7 miles, so it was gradual, but felt never-ending. At the bottom of the descent after the climb, I filled up in water at a pond in a burn area, and started cold soaking my dinner. It was already 4 pm, and I knew that I was running out of steam. I set my sights on camping at Rockpile Lake, at the top of the next climb, instead of pushing any further. That turned out to be a good decision bc I was getting hungry by the time I got there, and I was getting cold too! The wind had picked up, which seems to be a theme recently. The lake and camp area is really nice. I got some water, washed my feet and legs, set up my tent and hopped in for the night.
I was feeling less than motivated today, but I think we’re mostly out of the burn areas now, and the next few days should be really beautiful.