July 28, 2017
Chilcoot Creek – Mile 1566.27 (1543.43-1566.27)
We awoke this morning to a heavy dew, something else that we haven’t experienced in quite a while. I had a really hard time getting out of bed this morning. Now, I know you’re all probably painfully aware by this point of how much trouble I have dragging myself out of my sleeping bag almost every morning, but this was the first time all trail where I just really did not want to get up and hike. It was just one of those days, where I would have spent all day (or at least all morning) in bed if I could. But that’s just not a thing that can happen on the trail.
I eventually did get myself up and moving, and the trail was quite beautiful. I felt a lot better once I actually forced myself to start hiking, and especially once I’d had breakfast. However, it didn’t last long. Shortly after breakfast, I started feeling really dizzy and nauseous. I’m almost sure it was just the heat, and maybe a bit of dehydration, because it was really hot out and we didn’t have shade for most of the morning. It feels like, over the past few days, the trail has been trying really hard to break me down, and I’m trying my hardest not to let it. This is one of the most beautiful sections of trail we’ve seen in a while, and I really want to fully enjoy it, but it’s hard to do that when it feels like the trail is constantly trying to bring me to my knees. I guess this is where the mental challenge really kicks in, and though things have been a bit hard lately, I still feel confident in my ability to overcome the challenges the trail throws my way.
We stopped in a nice cool shady spot for lunch, and after a long rest and getting some food and water into my belly, I felt much better. We wound down through the forest for a bit, and then it was time to start climbing up into the Trinity Alps Wilderness. The first bit of climbing was through the forest, and it was hard and hot. But eventually, we broke out of the trees and got to wind along the side of the ridge for the rest of the evening. Holy shit you guys, the Trinity Alps are insane. Like just so incredibly beautiful. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful sections of trail we’ve seen. It looked almost otherworldly, lit in the last light of evening. The air was a bit hazy and smelled slightly of smoke from some fire burning somewhere. I didn’t even care that it was past 8 by the time we finally reached camp, I was enjoying the hiking so much. Quite a turn around from earlier in the day.
We have a pretty epic campsite with an awesome view, and we made and ate dinner as the pastel colours of sunset slowly faded from the sky. Definitely excited to continue hiking through these beautiful mountains when I wake up tomorrow.