(continued from Ross Lake East Bank Trail Part Two)
Desolation Peak is number 14 in my "100 Classic Hikes of Washington" book, so I was really excited to do it. It's claim to fame is the writer and poet, Jack Kerouac, who spent 63 days at the lookout on top in the summer of 1956. I've never read any of his stuff, but it seemed appropriate to bring one of his works along to read while I spent the night there. So I went to the library, and found a couple books that looked to weigh about 5 pounds each. So much for that idea.
|Lightning Creek's dock is not so much fun in June|
|Living on the edge|
|Good times in my tent...will these socks ever dry?|
I would just stick it out where I was for another night, and then meet my friends at Devil's Junction the next night as planned. But laying there, doing absolutely nothing but thinking (and knowing I had HOURS to do it)...well, it was awful. I started imagining really terrible things; like falling off that bridge on my way back and breaking both my legs. I knew it was ridiculous to be thinking that way--but I was in a dark place.
|A spooky part of the trail. I walked extra fast here.|
|My "special" pocket|
|Happily staying put|
|The view...maybe I can have my 46th party here|
|I did Roland Creek the right way the 2nd time.|
I LOVE the Rei towel Rick gave me on my actual b-day.
I would have never got one myself,
but now I know I won't ever hike without it
|All done, and now the sun comes out, of course.|
But more importantly, how's my hair?
|I even got special candles...I love you, Debbie!|