Dumbell Lake to Obsidian Boundry – 26 miles (42km) – 1973 miles total
Today did not goes as planned. I knew that there were showers predicted for the afternoon but I wasn’t worried. I had planned to do around 28-29 miles today to leave a 20 mile day tomorrow to Big Lake Youth Camp, where I sent a resupply box and they allow you to eat a meal at the camp. So I left camp just after 6am and thought I would have a reasonable day getting 28 miles done.
I did just under 10 by mid morning and saw the sun going in and out of the clouds, so I stopped and got my tent out to dry which was saturated from condensation of camping next to a lake. I’m glad I stopped when I did and didn’t wait longer as the rain started earlier than predicted at around 11am.
The first lot of rain was light and then eased and I dried a tiny bit, but then it got heavier and didn’t ease. By that time I realised that stopping for lunch would not be pleasant and I would quickly get cold, so I trudged on. By 4pm I was so wet I called it good for the day set up my tent put on dry clothes, cooked a hot meal and got into my sleeping bag. However, by just after 5pm the sun was shining through. As I was short of my intended miles for the day. I packed up camp and was hiking again by 6pm. I reasoned that I could hike until dark as I only needed to set up my tent as I had already had dinner. That also didn’t happen. As I hiked past Obsidian Falls, I walked into cloud that started to drizzle on me, so as soon as I got out of the restricted camping area, I found a flat stop and set up my tent again three miles short of my goal. Rain continues to fall on my tent as I write this. So much for only showers in the afternoon.
Today I am thankful for dry, warm tents.