Actually slept pretty good last night. Got up at 5:30 and the mosquitos were already waiting. Got moving a little before 6. At 6:30 I got to the Shelter Cove junction. The side trail only took about 25 minutes. I got there right as the store opened at 7, good timing. I plug my phone into the worlds slowest outlet and pick up my box. It’s weird seeing the things I bought months ago. I pigged out of course but not as much as I normally do. They had wifi there but it was pretty slow.
I got back onto the trail by 9:30 so I only missed about three hours of hiking. I drank more water than I normally do today, I was just really thirsty for some reason. It wasn’t even that hot out. At 5:30 the mosquitos from hell came back up. I bought a $3 head net at the store so that came in clutch. Had to throw my rain jacket on so now the bugs only go after my hands, which is still annoying. I have gloves that I will keep ready to go starting tomorrow.
I called it a day at 8:45. Set up my tent and skipped my normal dinner again because of the mosquitos. Instead I eat two tuna packets, spoonfuls of peanut butter and some trail mix I found in a hiker box. Still a good amount of calories.
I hop in my tent and of course a ton of mosquitos make it in too. I spend about 15 minutes killing them all and throwing them out. This is becoming routine. I am getting these raw/tender red spots on my feet again. This usually happens when I hike big days or all day. Hiking on it isn’t bad but when the shoes come off it hurts like hell. I hope it gets better, I really want to get out of Oregon.
Rumor has it that the mosquitos die down after Elk Lake which is around 13 miles from me. I hope it’s true but I don’t see it happening. Gonna try and do a big day tomorrow so the following day is shorter going into Big Lake Youth Camp.