Got a late start but caught up with our new friends Susan and Ainsley on the trail. Made up time on two road walks but its still going to be hard to get in 18 miles before tonight.
Bear got stung by another hornet in the Hovland forest and has the trail name “hornet bait” today.
We both have blisters, my worst is on the bottom of my foot. As soon as I pop it, another one forms. Can’t figure out why Im getting one there!
We made it to Judge Magney State park and saw the Devil’s Kettle. Scientists claim to have figured out where the water goes but I like to still think its a mystery….or that there’s this geyser on the other side of the world that the water shoots out of!
Not to be confused with ‘evil’s kettle’ which has a much higher elevation at 11,700 feet.
We used the bathroom, rinsed out our socks, filled our water bottles, fixed our feet and headed back on the trail. About 5 minutes into it, we decided to turn back, scrapping the next 3.5 miles and just call it a night. Shortly after we grabbed the overflow backpacking site, Susan and Ainsley rolled in!
We shared our camp, and they showed me how to run a needle and thread through my blisters to keep them flat. I’ll spare you the picture, but it was a relief! My feet look pretty crazy right now!
The folks at Magney were great to us and a hot shower and picnic table were quite luxurious!
We have seen very few people hiking but met the NICEST people at camp. The ranger, camp host, other campers…they make the tough parts totally worth it.