I decided to wake early and got hiking around 6am. It was wonderful! Legs numb from the cold but bones and muscles warm. I had about eight miles to shelter cove and it flew by. I went the whole way without getting any extra water and it was just fine since it was morning. There were pretty bad bugs all morning so I was moving quick. The OST spits you out right at the resort so that was nice. I was here last when me and jenny were mtg up w mike and jackie so it was familiar. But this time they had remodeled a bit and opened a restaurant! This place is so clean and nice. Everyone is so friendly to hikers.
I first saw glen again and we hung out most of the day. I met lots of other new hikers too. Stops are literally the easiest place to figure out who's on the current section. I talked to another sobo girl who said she was struggling a lot w loneliness and finding ppl to do the hike with. Sobo is a completely diff experience. I can't even imagine. I ended up taking a coin shower that was amazing. I only rinsed my body but I'm looking fwd to my real shower in sisters. We also found out there is a fire closure in Mt Jefferson, a section of the Pct that the most beautiful in Oregon. Def a little bummed but am hoping it'll open up before I get there. I also did a little rinse of my socks and small things. The water from all the spigots are so amazing. They taste so refreshing and clean.
I spent the rest of the day loitering, eating and charging. All the town food seem too much. I'm not even hungry most of the time. I've only been hiking for five days and def do not have hiker hunger! The rest of the evening I talked w another retired man named BG and a couple from the U.K. They were really great. We're all camped at the hiker site at shelter cove. The mosquitos are horrendous. I'm just a but worried that my pkg won't get here on time. I've been hearing from others that their pkgs haven't arrived on the day it said it would. I don't think I can loiter another day. I know I'm not in any rush but it's really hard sitting all day around one place, esp since I haven't even hiked very much. My eczema is pretty bad and I want to heal it asap. I really really hope my pkg comes tom.