Today’s mileage: 12.1
Total mileage: 297.0
What did we do to deserve such a long stretch of nice weather? Oh yeah, I remember. Snowstorms, ice, and subfreezing temperatures.
Today certainly did not turn out as expected. We went into the day ready to do 21.3 miles to Flint Mountain Shelter. Instead, we were forced to stop early because of a controlled burn near the trail. A forest service ranger was on the trail letting hikers know that the trail was closed for the next six miles. We had three options: skip the 6 miles and have a forestry employee shuttle us to another trail head that was 5 miles off of the trail. We could backtrack over a mile to the last campsite. Or we could stay on a bald near where we were stopped. We chose the third option after backtracking a bit and realizing that we really didn’t want to do a section of the trail three times total. Us and about 18 others chose to camp on the bald tonight where a forest ranger brought us all water since there was no water source up here. It was nice of them to do since they cut our day short.
It was another hot, sunny day in the 80s. I put on sunscreen, but I think I sweat it all off because I still burned. We had a steep uphill to Camp Creek Bald, but other than that, the hiking wasn’t bad. I’m really bummed that we couldn’t put in a longer day because I felt physically ready to do the long day and the weather was so nice, we could have hiked ’til at least 7. The good news is that the delay really shouldn’t put us behind.
The wind is picking up and it’s looking like rain tomorrow. It’s dark and getting colder and Miles has been gone for over an hour hanging with some hikers and has neglected the fact that his clothes are blowing away. He can thank me later for saving his socks. I do wish he was here to help me set up the rainfly. I’m too warm in my sleeping bag to get out at the moment.
A group of teenagers just drove up to the bald we’re on. The girls were discussing doing some mud wrestling soon. Guess they really do do that kind of stuff down here.