Marta put her toes in the lake and decided to stay awhile before going back to her home. She was kind enough to lend me her bear spray canister for the week (with a quick lesson on how not to hurt myself). Then the rest of our crew continued on our Y-shaped hike. Next stop: Ptarmigan Tunnel.
We were about two-thirds of the way through our hike now and it’s all downhill in reverse (except for the uphills). Again I was bringing up the rear and I spent the five miles back to the trailhead having a conversation with myself about what I wanted out of this trip. Everyone has a natural hiking pace and I wanted to enjoy mine rather than chasing everyone else. Well…no one was asking me to! Now I had an invisible force field of bear spray so I could hike on my own and it was up to me to enjoy this incredible opportunity. One thing to pay better attention to was making sure I ate. It’s hard to have fun when your energy is depleted.