Dang today I did 27 miles. Haven't done that since last year when I was hiking. Not on purpose though. This morn I was walking by 6a. It was actually pretty warm out already. I would get whiffs of warm air as I was walking. As I was walking down, I heard a loud river ahead and almost immediately, I became anxious. I had no idea there was river crossing. Once again it was a raging river coming down from the glacier, similar to the one at Mt hood. I got to the water and walked up and down the stream trying to find somewhere good. But there was only this bendy weird skinny log downstream. Then I ended up crossing in the middle on the lava rocks. They were stable and grippy. But then the last part was on this see sawing log and I was so scared. Then the two women who camped w us the night before showed up. I showed them where I crossed on the rocks and had them go first on the log. I was terrified as usual. The log was totally wet and slippery. We all made it across safely. Ugh. I hate crossings forever and I hate it even more when I get to one by myself.
It was def still smokey but the sun made the sky so pink and orange for few hrs. It was nice. Today was also the first day where I took the time to take little detail pics. It was nice to finally do that. For the first part of the day, Adams was so close to the trail. Everywhere I looked, it was amazing. There were tons of flies, bees and gnats all day though. I had lots of new podcast episodes to listen to so that was really nice. I took a nice lunch at mile 14. So far I'm doing pretty good on food. No rationing and not starving. The rest of the day was in the trees which was ok bc it was super hot. We reached this part where I could see smoke in the trees and the smell was really intense. Not fun at all. Finally rounded the corner and the smell faded.
I originally was planning on camping at 23 but I didn't really like the junction so I walked ahead a little. There was nowhere to camp and then all of sudden was climbing up a ridge and just had to keep going. Thankfully, it was still early and the sun was still really high so I had time. I reached some exposed ridges and it was super hot. Today looked so much like WA. Then I finally saw jagged peaks and spires up ahead. That's prob where cispus pass is. I got to the creek where I was praying and hoping the site would be open and ended up seeing my friend from last night. Her name is Eowyn from LOTR. She told me there were lots of sites up on top so grabbed water from a small puddle where the creek and headed up. Such a nice spot! A little slopey but roomy.
My feet and ankles were so tired. I hope this long day doesn't bite me in the butt tom. I hate getting stuck on ridges but this was the case. Aw well. Now I'm only seven miles from goat rocks and will have a short day into white pass and hope to get out when I get all my things sorted! I ate tuna Mac for dinner. It was so good. Mac and cheese is so worth the stove. I already planned my dinner for tom too. I hope to wake the same time again tom for a nice morn walk up to the pass. :) I love WA.