July 27, 2017
Mile 1519.35 – Chilcoot Creek (1519.35-1543-43)
We let ourselves sleep in a bit this morning after our rough day yesterday, so we got a bit of a late start to the day. Sleeping in after a long, hard day is nice (believe me, the more time I can spend nestled in my nice, cozy sleeping bag, the happier I am), but it starts a vicious cycle. You have a long day, so you sleep in, but getting a late start means a late arrival to camp, which tempts you to have another late morning, and so on and so forth. Unfortunately, my brain doesn’t seem to be able to grasp that concept in the wee hours of the morning.
Anyway, we eventually did get hiking, and the trail was absolutely beautiful. There were views of Mount Shasta, mountain lakes, and we were just surrounded by amazing scenery. Sometime after lunch, my left ankle/heel area started hurting pretty badly, but I popped a couple of ibuprofen and it started feeling much better. We stopped at Deadfall Lakes for an afternoon swim break, which was totally gorgeous and the perfect temperature for swimming.
Moving on, we wound through more of the same beautiful scenery. It was late when we finally approached camp, and I was tired and my feet were sore and I was ready to be done with the day. The campsite was crowded, and we actually had trouble finding space, which hasn’t happened in quite some time. We ended up wedging the tent in between a tree and a shrub. I quickly got everything ready, made dinner, and then crawled into bed and passed out immediately.