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Day 3, January 5
I woke up around 7AM. It had started to get light out and I had finally gotten a good night of sleep on trail. I began to quietly pack up my stuff. Shortly after, everyone else was awake too. Once I had everything packed away, I climbed down the ladder with my pack to eat my breakfast (Pop Tarts and peanut butter). I decided to hold off on getting water even though I only had about 1 liter. I brushed my teeth and headed to use the privy. I saw a hammock and tent set up behind the shelter (the latecomers).
Stopping and taking photos, the brother and sister passed me at lightning speed. I soon followed in their footsteps only to watch them disappear from sight.
Nurse’s friend commented how he didn’t think I was the same girl who first walked up because I had looked so different. I told him if he saw me later with glasses, it was still me. He said, “just a smarter version.”
I said, “I’m not smart now?” The guys were fun to hang around with and provided light, playful conversation. While making dinner, I met a father, daughter (who was a cop), and the young boy, who was just backpacking for the night. I met two other separate groups of father and son backpacking together. An older gentleman backpacking major miles. Jim and Richard even walked up as I was hanging around the fire. I realized I hadn’t seen George and his friends in a while. I had to put my food away in the bear box anyway and went down to harass them for being anti-social. They said they made and ate dinner and everyone but George was going to come to hang out by the fire. I asked them what their thoughts were on a female contributing to the fire? I had shared I was at one point the only one sitting there and felt bad not bringing wood over. George said it wasn’t my job. Some people out here would want to take care of me. It still didn’t stop him from sharing his branch with me. We thought it’d be funny if I walked up with a small branch and laid it on the fire.