To know the wilderness is to
know a profound humility,
to recognize one’s littleness,
to sense dependent and
Sawyer Bar to Big Lake Youth Camp – Mount Washington Wilderness
Man oh man I have much to be thankful for.
As the day progressed the weather deteriorated from a light rain to cold wind with driving rain. The terrain was primarily open and exposed through lava rock and open burned forest. It was brutal with the scenery of Mordor.
Because I was so cold and wet, I decided to hike the 20 miles without stopping to Big Lake Youth Camp where my next resupply was waiting. I felt on the verge of hypothermia the entire day. I needed my Scotland rain clothes. As I walked, I concentrated on placing my feet carefully as to not fall or slip and just pounded out the miles. I just kept imagining the welcoming arms of the youth camp and getting warm and dry. It worked.
Consequently, I did not take a lot of photos.
When I got to camp there were a few other hikers that were in the same shape. The camp host looked at me and cheerfully set me up with a hot shower and laundry.
I also ate dinner in the big dining hall with 200 happy campers.
The rain continued to pour. Big Lake does not provide accommodations, but the camp director set up an empty storage building for the 8 of us to stay. So nice.
My plan is to eat breakfast with the camp at 8:30 and leave when the weather clears up.
Tonight I am reminded of all I have and to always be ready for the worse, because it will happen.