PCT Day 41: Dragonfly, oh my!
Day 41 6-28-2015 Sleep 130 – 900
Miles 1827 – 1830
I woke up a few times during the night with my foot aching. I thought about getting up at 600 and just going for it. But I decided if my foot hurt there was no rush. I would be heading into Mazama to resupply and I could rest all day there. I might as well sleep now while I can. Finally, a gentleman rolled along. I said good morning and he back. He paused, we entered conversation. Turns out he was heading into Mazama and hoping to get a room for the night. I asked, well would you want to split it? And that was that. I got up as quick as I could and we walked and talked into Mazama Campground. His name was Moss Water, he was sectioning the trail in the summers. He was a very understanding gentleman and oozed kindness. I was fortunate to meet and be sharing a room with him. He was great moral support for me, as I tried to figure this all out. Well what is the first thing a hiker does when they get to town? FOOD, of course. I was shopping at a national parks snack bar/gift shop. None the less. They had the fruit smoothies and I went to town. I thought the best thing I could do was try to nourish my body and heel as quick as possible. Plus, feeling good, would help me make a better decision. We got a room and headed there next. I took an hour shower and still could not get all the dirt of my body, especially my feet. I guess that is what happens when you haven’t showered in 44 days, been hiking on dirt trails and sleeping on dirt at night.
|I woke up in a blur|
|It was nice, but I didn't think twice, back to bed|
|Suns up, Lets go! Go back to sleep|
Dragonfly and I decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner and headed over to the restaurant. Moss Water thought that it wasn’t worth it and turned out to be correct. So here I am, middle of my PCT hike, rest day, got a hot date…I never rest. The food was menh. But the company was amazing! It was so nice to have a conversation with someone. Dragonfly was fascinating. Somehow we just clicked and I felt like I knew her for years. In my experience when you are hiking a long trail, it slowly wares down your prejudices-predispositions and leaves you very open minded to understand. It makes it really easy to listen to a person and understand (or think you do) their life. It was a very nice distraction from the fact that I had no clue what was going on with my foot, how to fix it and if my hike was over. After leaving the restaurant, the tenth of a mile walk back towards the store made me hungry. We decided a little dessert was in order. Dragonfly had one treat. Of course, I had to try em all. Stuffed, but not really satisfied we retreated to the room. Although I didn’t do much today, I was like 40 days of over doing it tired. I could barely brush my teeth before passing out.
|Even "towns" are beautiful out here|
|Just a little dessert!|