Today was another short day but it was prob the most fun day I've had out here. The dinner last night made me poop twice this morn. It was really intense. I got a later start than usual. It rained all night and then I saw the moon through my tent walls and figured the clouds were finally moving apart. It was absolutely frigid in the morn. My sleeping bag was all damp on the outside. I had slept w my shirt to dry out which dried out but I also felt like it transferred to the inside of my bag. I finally worked up enough motivation to get out of my bag. Good thing I did have a pair of dry socks but wet shoes and jacket. There was a fast flowing stream across the trail and I tried my best to not get my feet wet but my right toe fell in. So cold.
I walked through wet brush all morning. I saw my first clear view of glacier peak. So amazing. It would've been so pretty the previous day but oh well. I had thought about yoyoing when I got to the border but not after how cold I was last night. I finished climbing the hill and passed baton. He found a nice little spot under the tree for his tarp tent. He does a good job of finding random spots for himself I've noticed. The views were so pretty all morning. Lots of clouds but the sun was coming out and I could see the peaks. I reached the top of a hill and saw a bunch of hikers drying out all their stuff. I followed suit and exploded my pack as well. I was so happy to have sun today. I was thinking about how terrible it would've been if all day today was another rainy day. How cold. Then baton came up the hill and dried out his things. I stuck around to hang out. And then the docs came and they did the same. I found myself up there for 1.5 hrs but it was fun to relax and enjoy the sun and views. It felt like I was on a normal backpacking trip where you actually could do things like that. I pawned off some of my food bc I have way too much.
Then it was down down down into the valley. We dropped almost 3k ft I think. Passed by this amazing lake that we wished we could camp at some day. I took a lunch close to the bottom of the hill w the drs. Then baton walked by and he couldn't resist even though he said he wasn't taking a lunch today. Then we started to get really cold bc we were in the shade. The afternoon was a five mile hill. It actually ended up not being so bad bc of all the nice switchbacks. The top had such great views. I could see all the peaks in the north cascades and my first baker sighting. A little unsure of how far to go, I decided to utilize the clear daylight and make it down to vista creek. I knew I would arrive around seven which wasn't too bad. It was down the dark woods. I tailed baton for awhile, I found out he has my same pace. I arrived at vista creek to tent city. There was basically no room left. So many tents squeezed as much as they could in this spot. I had thought the drs stopped earlier but they ended up walking by. I was happy to see them. They went down the trail to see if they could find something and actually did. Cougar came to get me and I ended up camping w them at this big site way down below the trail.
It felt like a long day but we had barely done 20 today. I made two dinners to alleviate my food bag but I was too full. I need to not do that again unless it's something smaller. I hope there is no rain tonight and no condensation. I can't handle being wet again. One more night before stehekin. Can't believe we're almost there.