Today was an absolute breakthrough for my feet! I wore a very thin pair of socks and my Kamik sandals and my feet were dancing up the trail! I was nervous about climbing back up the Acorn Trail from to 1,500 feet in 2 miles, but with happy feet we were at the top before we knew it!
We woke early and Wendy and I went for breakfast at the Evergreen Cafe. Naturally it was filled with hikers and gave us an opportunity to catch up with a few trail folk. It was a quaint little place with big sunflowers hanging from the roof which would move up and down whenever someone entered the cafe.
I had to make a trip to the post office to send my resupply box ahead to Etna. I still had so much food left over and UB had another mountain to sort through so I tried to bounce it ahead. Unfortunately it wasn’t sent priority mail originally so I had to pay to forward it. I’m sure the guy in Bellingham said they were sent priority mail… Grrrrr, a good lesson for those new to the US postal system. I also finally sent home my e-reader and a few pairs of socks I had accumulated. Expect another package BJ, it’s starting to add up.
Snort who worked at the Dirty Girl stand with UB and I at the kick off was back on the trail after suffering glandular fever and was waiting for us at the start of the Acorn Trail. She organised for someone from the house at the trail head to come pick us up from town and drive us up there! Champions!!
It was steep climbing but warmed us up for what was to come. The wind was absolutely fierce and with my sleeping pad acting as a fin on the back of my pack I was being blown in all sorts of directions. We could see Baden Powell in the distance and headed in its direction wondering when the best time to summit it would be. We decided at 5:30pm at the bottom of the mountain to start the 4 mile ascent. Miraculously after 2 miles of straight up we came across Lion King resting up in the woods with just enough spaces for us all to sleep on flat ground.
We cooked dinner as the sun set, drank hot chocolate and then jumped into our sleeping bags under the stars. We have 7 miles until water so we’re all on rations and rather thirsty. The good thing is we’ll start hiking at 4:30am to see the sun rise from the peak and then head downhill until we hit water before the sun gets too hot. Goodnight for now from Baden Powell.