8.27.18. 9.9 miles.
Last night was very stormy indeed. I woke up multiple times to gusty wind and would lie and listen to the rain splattering on my tent. Good thing I got to sleep in, at least, and not have to pack up my sopping wet tent in the dark. I debated for a bit about what to do in the morning. It wasn’t raining anymore, and the sun was starting to come out, but my tent was under dripping wet trees. I figured it wouldn’t get the chance to dry as long as it was under the trees, so I completely packed up, put all of my “need to stay dry” things into the pack liner, and everything else on top of that, and shoved my wet and dirty tent in the outside pocket.
I was finally ready for the wonderful buffet breakfast! I walked back down to the lodge and sat in the dining room for 2.5 hours eating. Everything was delicious. The biscuits & gravy were so good, and there were homemade sausage patties that were just amazing. I got full almost instantly, and was never really hungry for the rest of the day, though I forced myself to eat my hiking food so I wouldn’t have extra weight to carry.
After eating, I sat down in the lobby area near another hiking couple: Whoppie and Spellcheck. I hadn’t met them before, but they were really nice and we talked for a while. They got a room at the lodge for tonight so they were just lounging around. They watched my stuff for me while I went to the gift shop across the parking lot to pick up my resupply box. When I finished with that, I organized my food and pulled some things out of my pack to sort of air out/ dry. I was kind of hidden in a corner, so I didn’t look too disgusting doing this to the average hotel guest.
I used the internet and called my parents, and was having just a really hard time getting up and going. It was warm inside and I didn’t really want to go back out to the chilly outside. The sun was peeking through, but it was still cold.
Finally, I got hiking at 4, and hiked the majority of the afternoon with a hiker I’ve been leapfrogging with a lot since Big Lake: Party Hal. He’s pretty nice. We were both headed to the same camp area, near the alternate to Ramona Falls. The hike was mostly downhill in the trees, though there were supposed to be nice views of Mt. Hood occasionally, but the mountain was fogged in. There were some nice views of the green hills in the distance. I got to camp around 7:30 and set all my things up. My tent is still wet, but hopefully it will dry out a little tonight, and hopefully there will be some sun at lunch tomorrow so I can really lay all of my stuff out to dry. There is a large group of weekenders here, and it’s 9 pm and they haven’t shut up yet. Hopefully they go to bed soon. There’s also someone smoking nearby, probably those same people, which is not what I want to smell while going to sleep. Ugh.