November 9, 2014
It is a long night! At 6:00am I am more than ready to exit the tent but it is too COLD out to even consider the idea. I fall back asleep and dream of culturally competent trails. At first I have no idea why I am dreaming this, and then I remember spending 6 hours on Friday reading student essays and awarding stipends….one of the questions was about cultural competency. At 7:00 am it is still too cold to get up. I read up on my compass skills and practice. I decide that my biggest problem with the compass is doubting myself. The compass does not lie……..or does it?! At 8:00 am the lure of hot coffee exits me from my warm cocoon. The sun does not arrive in my campsite until close to 9:00am, and as soon as it does I begin peeling off layers until I’m dressed in my shorts and T-shirt. I decide to hike for an hour up the river before beginning my hike back to the trailhead.
As much as I wanted to continue on past Kern Flat I had to turn around in order to make it back to my car before dark. I headed back to camp, ate lunch, loaded up my pack and strolled down the trail. The trail, as with most river trails, was full of PUDS….Pointless Ups and Downs. It was rather tiring and made me consider increasing my interval training at the gym.
It was a short trip BUT I’m so glad I went and it felt much longer than 48 hours!