It was another leisurely morning as we had to wait once again for the post office to open. We shared a cinnamon roll and blueberry pie for breakfast from the bakery and Don got a free cup of coffee from the Inn. Good way to start the morning. The sun was shining and Lake Chelan calm. A merganser was swimming near the picnic tables while we waited to get our boxes. One of the park rangers recognized Don. For most of the year he works as a climbing ranger in Denali National Park and had worked for NOLS in the past. We repacked our food bags and caught the 11:30 bus. The bus always stops at the bakery so we were able to buy some baked goods for the hike today. A delicious frosted carrot cup cake to be exact. Don got another cup of cafe and off we went to the trail head. We finished the cupcake and cleansed our teeth with a crisp apple that we had picked yesterday. We will be going mostly up for 17 miles until we are at Rainy Pass. Since we are hiking in the Cascades National Park we had to designate where we are camping for the night. Not many views in this section today, mostly forests. We camped at 6 mile camp and did our first bear hang of the trip. There was a bear wire which made it mostly easy to do the hang. Dinner tonight was lentils and rice, roasted pepper soup, chocolate and fruit compote. To bed by 7:15 and we took turns reading the Wright Brothers.
Mileage 11 - 6 mile camp