Last night was so so quiet. The high humidity made my tent so wet. I've decided to not set an alarm for my hike. I'll just wake up randomly in the mornings I think. It's so nice to not wake at 415a everyday! I took my sweet time packing up and sorting my food. Life is so diff this time around. It was a little chilly in the morn but warmed up once the sun came. I was trying to tie my shoe on a log but it was dead and it broke and flinged dirt all in my face and into my mouth. It was not a great way to start the morning.
I moved all morn and never stopped bc of all the mosquitoes. As soon as I would semi stop, I'd get swarmed. I also used my head net for bit. I stopped at the road crossing to dry my tent and take a mini break. I figured the bugs weren't gonna be too bad. I saw glen! The older hiker and some other dude who was hunting for snacks. I pawned off some of my bars and squishy cheese to him. I have way too much food and it's heavy. I hiked on and took a very long lunch at the thieslen junction. Such pretty views and breeze. I struggled again w ants crawling all over me while I was trying to rest. Lots of flies and bees too. It was only 2p and I only had two more miles till camp. I didn't know what to do w myself. These short days can be kinda boring. I can't help it but wonder how each peak I pass by is climbed. I don't know what the wac has turned me into.
After thieslen, there was some snow patches that were passable but a tiny bit sketch. It's so hard to plunge step without my boots! I got down to the creek and supposedly there was a strong flow downstream from where it was frozen over. I followed it and my foot fell into the creek where it softened. Thankfully I didnt get washed away and die. I took a million liters bc I didn't wanna go off trail for any water. Plus, I feel like I haven't worked very hard for the crap I've been eating. Oregon is so dry. I decided to keep walking till the next campsite two miles up. I finally got there and there were two women set up. I asked to join and they were a mother and daughter team. How precious.
Then glen came! I was so happy to see him. He's the only person I've been leap frogging. He has been wanting to do the Pct for so many years and he's finally doing it. I'm so happy for him. I was super glad to be done for the day. I literally cannot fathom how I was doing 27 miles a day last year. We would start walking by 445a and not stop till after 730p. That is so insane. It sounds so hard right now. I'm pretty glad I can take it easy this time around. Such a whole different experience not trying to rush. My legs are so sticky and that the feeling of them touching in your bag is gross. I've been sleeping in my shorts bc it hasn't been cold enough for long underwear.