Today was my last day at the Grummer's. I'm ready to be back on trail but also sad to leave sisters. It's been so nice spending time w a family and hanging out with the girls everyday. Even if we're just sitting around being lazy. I'm gonna miss them. Last night we celebrated pias bday a little early. I had went into town got her a set of metallic colored pencils. It finally rained in town and we sat outside coloring and enjoyed the cool breeze. The neighbors came over and hung out and it ended up being a late night.
We woke in the morn and I got into my hiking clothes. I haven't worn them since last sat. What a weird feeling to be off for so long. The girls packed their packs and we were off. We drove around the Mt Jefferson fire and it sure was smokey. Something in the air and wind has moved a bunch of smoke into the area where it previously was semi clear. The drive was a little over two hrs and there's a rough road for 8 miles before the resort. I got a bit car sick with all the windy roads. We finally made it to the lake and it was pretty smoky. Little smell but nothing was blue and no view of Jefferson. It's a bit depressing to see everything like this but there were still tons of ppl out on boats and enjoying the lake.
We got on the Pct w everyone and started hiking in. So fun to hike w the whole fam! We went in around two miles before they turned around. It was so sad to part ways but they needed to back track and head all the way back to sisters tonight. But hopefully do some fishing before leaving. The grums were so generous to me this week and let me stay all week, fed me and let me lay around most of the days. Especially taking the whole day to drive me out into the middle of nowhere to get back on trail. Tomorrow is pias real bday and I hope they have a really fun time celebrating. I've decided I should just make it a tradition to come down to sisters every summer. I still have 40 miles of the Pct I haven't done and South Sis to climb. I'll be back in no time!
I walked off on my own and all of sudden passed nobody. Once again, hiking and camping all by myself. I think I'm gonna make it an effort to camp w ppl even though it's not at my mileage. It just kinda gets me down doing camp alone each section. I def need to start off slow again. I did around nine miles but my feet and ankle were feeling it. I've decided to do around 18 the next two days and then do the beach walk up to timberline for breakfast in the morn. I'm camped next to some dead trees squeaking pretty loud and it's making me incredibly nervous. I need to remind myself to scope out a site before I plant there. I'm pretty tired right now. I woke up early and could really use a good night's rest. So far, it hasn't been mosquito central. I am SO happy.
There's so much sound going on in the forest tonight. Loud trees squeaking, birds, gusts of wind, airplanes. I hope I can sleep tonight.