And then came Tuesday. Oh wow! Tuesday. Hm..Woke up and began the all day 15 to 20 mile hike to high camp. This was extremely challenging: physically and mentally, but we all sang songs to distract our minds and everyone was helping everyone out: awesome bonding time! The Burden was passed around to just about everyone over the long day. We stopped for lunch on the way(vienna sausages ew) and it started raining/hailing/snowing a little bit on us. It soon quit. We had been hiking for a few minutes after our lunch break when we realized we had left the Burden! A few went back to retrieve it. It was a close one. When we were about 200 yards from our destination (this was unknown to us at the time) our guides instructed us to take off our packs and place them in a circle. Then we played a musical chairs kind of game with our packs and everyone ended up with a different pack to carry as a way to kind of experience what burdens other trekkers had been putting up with all hike long. Some were heavier than others; some were lighter; some didn't fit quite so well...everyone's pack was a struggle to the person who was carrying it though. Reaching high camp was so exciting. We pitched our tents and napped/rested until dinner time. What did we eat at dinner? The meals are all such a blur to me. I think it was rice and something else added to it. I just forget what we added to it. It wasn't very tasty. I remember that much! Campfire devo. Bedtime.
Wednesday we got to sleep in!! (yes..6 am was considered sleeping in!) The guides cooked us a special treat for breakfast:fried spam && reeses pieces pancakes! The pancakes were dee-lish..my fried spam ended up under a tree somewhere after one and a half bites. Shh, don't tell on me! After breakfast my friend Elizabeth and I attempted to wash our hair in the river. The water was ridiculously freezing cold. We were in the middle of shampoo/conditioning when the group started yelling at us to hurry up and come get instructions for the rest of the day. So we poured as many water bottles as we could (while we were screaming because it was so cold) to rinse it out. We found out later that we both had not gotten all the shampoo/conditioner out so our hair looked even worse than before we had washed it. We didn't try that again the rest of the week :) We walked back up to high camp with wet hair and gloves on (to warm our freezing hands) to learn that we would be spending the next 3 hours by ourselves. Well actually not alone. With God! In silence and solitude kind of thing. It was hard to not be distracted by bugs..and the fact that I didn't have a jacket on and was going into convulsions from being so cold and having wet hair didn't seem to help them. But it was so neat to just sit in awe of His creation and let Him speak to my heart. It didn't even seem like 3 hours had gone by when they said now it's lunch time. Again, I don't recall what we ate? Then it was free time! Most everyone used this time to bathe. Elizabeth and I decided against the cold river water and instead resorted to cleanliness via baby wipes. Worked very well. A few friends and I headed back across the river to a big grassy knoll called "The French Peak" I think..and just hung out for most of the afternoon while everyone else stayed at high camp and played cards. It was a super relaxing day. Oh! and remember mountain man maniac who had to take the sick kid home? well he just hiked his little self up to high camp all in one day without stopping. cool beans. Dinner..Devo..Sleep! We went to bed extra early to get ready for Summit Day!
Thursday was also challenging. We woke up SUPER, SUPER early. (Before 4 a.m.) Drank some hot chocolate and began our trek to the summit of Mt. Rinker! I will let the pictures speak for themselves. It was a hard hard hike and it was so awarding to reach our destination. The hike down was difficult as well. At one point we got to slide down a huge patch of snow. Fun times. =) About half way to high camp someone said, "hey who has the burden?" WE LEFT IT AT THE SUMMIT!! ahh. silly us. We were MISERABLE when we got back to high camp. (Much later in the afternoon). We probably hiked for 10 hours! Mosquitos were swarming, we had to wait 30 minutes to drink our water, everyone was just exhausted and worn out and kind of cranky. We napped and woke up in chippier moods, played a game of signs until dinner and campfire. I think we ate rice and beans? Or ramen noodles? One of the two. Night night!
(picture from final devo on friday night. thats all she wrote folks.) I ALMOST FORGOT..the theme for the week was RENOVATE US www.wildernesstrek.org if you want to know more! i hope i get to go again next year. i really would encourage you to jump on the chance to take one of these trips if given the opportunity. okay. bye now.