Backs rested from pack weight. Some water purified for the trail and future cooking, we set off along a mostly level track. Lifting the packs back onto our backs did not seem too bad……………..yet.
The trail had a few minor ups and downs, some streams to ford, some rocks and roots to trip over and at times, we were walking in trench trails (foot traffic kills the vegetation and then creates a place where water can run more easily, thus wearing trenches in the ground). The day, the company and the scenery were spectacular.
Hiking is tiring work and on a warm day, your exertion leads to a lot of sweating and water loss. It was important to stop every hour or so to shed the packs and/or hydrate. Both L and I had Platypus water bladders in our packs with long drinking tubes, so we could drink as we hiked. But, getting the packs off, even briefly was a blessing. Finding some well placed rocks, we took our break.
By this point, we were asking ourselves why we were not at our night’s campsite yet. Was it because we had added 1.5 k by going up to the meadows, were we just outta shape, had we read the map wrong or all of the above. We paused for the view. The going was fairly easy, even if it was a bit slow.
We should have known better……………………..