Date: 23 Aug 2017 1030PM
Location: Camping near mile 1750.5
Today's Miles: 22.6
Total Miles: 899.6
Out of camp by 0800, made my way the two miles to the road. Didn't make it to the resort last night, but I sure did this morning.
Road walked for a mile then cut into the woods to pick up a side trail that lead to the lake. Was putting my things down outside when a waitress opened a door and invited me in. Pulled out all my electronics, plugged them in to charge, and headed over to a long bar with stools in front.
Ordered some chicken fried steak, two eggs over easy, two slices of sourdough toast, and a handful of fried potatoes. Was going to order two entrees, but decided against it with the realization that I can always order more - a rare stroke of restraint after being out in the wilderness for a few days.
Sat at the bar for about two hours drinking coffee, when three other south bounders I've bumped into before showed up. We all congregated on the porch as they ordered and ate their food. It was one hiker's birthday so the waitress brought out a surprise brownie and we sang - only to have the brownie end up smeared all over her face.
Hiked out around 1300 with a full belly and a head swimming with caffeine. Hiked for a few miles to a cache of water and Mountain Dews, continued on up the hill for the day.
Ended up hiking until 2200, mainly for lack of spots to camp. Even if there isn't an actual established campsite you can usually find a stealth spot every mile or so. The forest I encountered late in the day had both been prepped to prevent the spreading of fires and was also slanted pretty severely, so on I walked on.
Walking by headlamp isn't usually my thing, but unlike back east the forests in this part of the country aren't particularly dense which allows for your light to penetrate the darkness. I may have to give it a shot more often, especially on lazy days where I spend some time hanging about.
Probably going to send my stove home, or just leave it when I take a break. I'm finding that for various reasons I'm not eating my "dinner" meals, either because I'm too tired at the end of the day and can't be bothered, or it's too warm to want a hot meal. Both of those problems can be solved by hydrating dinner in a container over time, making preparations *much* easier and having the food be room temperature. I'll give it a few more days before I do anything drastic, but I have a feeling it'll be just fine.
Thirty four miles to Ashland, OR.