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Day 52: Cowboy camping and rain do not mix

Day 52: Cowboy camping and rain do not mix

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Start: 633.68 bush camp
End: 680.88 Chimney Spring Campground
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So yeah. It was predictable. We woke up around 1am to giant drops hitting the tyvek ground cover. I had mentally prepared for it at least. Within 5 seconds of waking up I was reaching for my sleeping bag stuff sack. Pretty much anything else besides my phone and sleeping bag can afford to get wet so I stuffed that sucker with alacrity!
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All in all it was two short heavy downpours back to back followed by a third about an hour later. We hid under trees, packed, put our shoes on, and hiked 1-2 miles to find a proper camping spot to pitch our tents.
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As emergencies go, pretty minor. We had warning there were storms in the area and I saw the flashes of long distant lightning when we originally set camp, good situation to make that mistake, won’t do that again.
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“And did you die?” …no. “Then it was a good adventure!”
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We got up, hiked fivish miles, and then had to scamper a few hundred yards up a bad trail to resupply water. I really with I had been remembering to photo the places I have been getting water from. Some of them have been amazingly sketchy, would love to share.

Later in the day…
We ended up camping inside the Chimney Spring Campground because it had potable water on tap! (That and picnic tables — LUXURY!).
YES, this is the same place where the “Chimney Fire” was last week. The hillside is still orange with Slurry, I hope to get a good photo of it tomorrow.
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For dinner I combined two: Macaroni tuna salad with mayo and lime and Tabasco with:
Macaroni and cheese and pesto with olive oil.
I combined them because cooking all the macaroni at the same time was simpler, and one of the meals was labeled as only 210 calories and that just won’t do!
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It was yummy!

 

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Charlie Hough
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