I woke up about 5:30 after a fitful night of sleep in my hammock. I’m not used to sleeping in it yet but hopefully that will get better. The sun and birds were already out so I figured I’d better get moving. I made some oatmeal with my cookstove, packed up, and headed out. That all took about an hour which also needs to get better. I’d never make it in the Army.
The hike today was a lot of beautiful woods through the Gaylord State Forest. Plenty of hills again too, but also plenty of scenery including vast areas of large trillium. I passed through probably a thousand acre section called Blissfest which had all these seventies-themed things going on with cool outbuildings, yurts, stages, sculptures, etc. I later learned it’s a place they hold folk festivals. I might need to return. They also had a couple of water spigots available for hikers.
Water is always an issue. It’s been pretty warm here and I’ve been sweating a lot carrying the pack and walking. I’m constantly thirsty. Sometimes there’s a stream or a lake I can refill my bottles. Sometimes only a swampy spot. I filter everything with a Sawyer mini filter. Its 0.1 micron pores block all the germies (except viruses which should not be a problem). The pores get blocked up with dirt and stuff in the water source so I’m fastidious about backflushing the filter with the 50 cc syringe that comes with it. I also have chlorine tablets I can simply add to a bottle of water that will kill everything in case the filter goes bad. I also have a back up filter.
Sometimes there’s trail magic too. Like where I came upon this stash of gallon water jugs the trail steward had left out. Each section of the trail has a club and people who maintain it.
I ended the day whipped, set up the hammock, had another round of freeze-dried beef stroganoff, and hit the hammock