Friday was a warmer day and we hiked six miles to our second campsite at Lightning Creek. We took our time but we still got there before noon. Saturday's hike was 12 miles backtracking and it was a very hot day. Stopping at the many creeks and waterfalls was a treat because they felt like air conditioning. We'd stop and filter some water and have a refreshing, ice-cold drink. We were supposed to spend Saturday night at the Ruby Pasture campground but it was in such poor condition we decided to hike the three miles out and go elsewhere. So Saturday's hike was 15 miles. The only problem I had--and a major problem at that--with all our hiking was with the heel in my right boot. It would slide when I'd push off while going up hill. I blistered every day. I went through a lot of moleskin, duct tape and Body Glide to mitigate the effect but that's not going to work for the Wonderland Trail since that has a ton of elevation gain every day. The freezer bag cooking worked great. The meals are easy to prepare and there's nothing to clean except a spoon. We actually had too much for each meal so we can divide that up into smaller portions. Other than force feeding myself large portions I was also uncomfortable eating hot meals on a hot day. I'm adding a pair of sandals and nail clippers to my list of gear. Oh, and a deck of cards. This is what happens when you leave a couple of Power Bars in your glove box for three days at a national park trailhead. The 1996 Honda Civic is not critterproof.
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