Saturday (just the tail end of it) and Sunday, 09 & 10-April-2016
After coming down from Mt. Hood and taking a quick nap in the car, drive down to Bend to meet up with Sarah and friends. Do a quick stop in for food, but mostly I just take the drive as a chance to cool off and relax a bit from the hike. Turns out: high altitude really doesn’t set well with me, so taking the time to drive with the top down while cranking music is exactly what the doctor ordered… mostly. It does help, but I’m still a bit cranky when I get to camp outside of Smith.
So, instead of heading into the park to meet everyone, I just nap at the campsite. It helps, a bit, though what really saves my sanity is dinner afterward – Sarah makes up some glorious Chili dogs, which satiate perfectly. Then: passing out.
Sunday, we head up into the marsupials… a pretty far-flung section of Smith Rock. It promises to be a good day… hot, but not too brutal.
But by the time we make it to the climb, we can tell that our heads aren’t in the game, in any way/shape/form. So instead of forcing a climb, we take the better part of valor and just head back to Hood River without tempting fate.