Mile 1583.6-1611.6 (28.0)
I slept late, hoping the sun would burn off the fog and dry the wetness that clung to everything. But I didn’t see blue sky until I had hiked a few miles from my campsite.
A dense cloud hugged the ridge, but the valley below was emptying out. It was beautiful. I crested the ridge and was again immersed in fog, made eerie by dead and burned trees from a fire. On the descent, I freed myself from the cloud finally and saw a deep valley below.
I skipped Etna. I’ve got plenty of food to get to Seiad Valley. And I’m glad to be sleeping in the woods tonight. The only thing I miss is roast chicken, guacamole, tortilla chips, hot coffee, grapefruit, salad, strawberries, beef stew, omelettes, steak, watermelon…