I had trouble sleeping last night after my stomach started hurting. I had taken two Advil before going to bed and it was obviously too much for me. At least the night was very pretty, the moon very bright shining in through the top of the tent.
When we got up in the morning, the sand around our tent was covered with many different tracks. We believe most of them to be mice and birds, looking for food.
Breakfast this morning was granola and oatmeal. I ate a lot. I've been getting hungrier as time wears on. After dinner last night I was hungry an hour after I finished dinner (and I had eaten a lot for dinner).
|Charles rowing Hance|
There was nowhere to stop and scout either Sock or Grapevine because the sheer granite cliffs rose right from the river throughout this gorge. So we just went right through. We cheated Sock (mile 79, rating 8 - 9) on the left but got a few good waves at the end. Grapevine (mile 81, rating 8) we mostly took straight down the middle. It was filled with fun waves.
Right before Grapevine was a nice beach for lunch. Dave Y. stopped but was overruled by the others who wanted to get to camp and get through Grapevine before the wind picked up in the afternoon. So we went down two more miles to Clear Creek (mile 84) where some of us had camped in the past, but many of the sleeping spots were gone and it was no longer much of a camp. We ate lunch there, salmon ham, onions, olives, and cheese. I was starving and ate quite a lot.
|Falls in Clear Creek|
Joel on the Clear Creek hike - "Clear Creek was a beautiful hike. There's a warm creek, which runs down the center of this relatively narrow gorge. Most of the time you're hiking in ankle deep water, walking up through twists and turns. All along the hike were small pools and small waterfalls of between six inches and two feet. At the end of our hike, less than a mile in, was a 15-foot waterfall and pool. The pool was only thigh deep or so, and we used the opportunity of the clear stream to wash ourselves off and spend some time taking pictures. This was one of the best hikes so far, it was not too hot and it was very, very pretty. And the waterfall at the end was gorgeous and just perfect for getting under."
At camp I chose a site for our tent that was right above the kitchen. It was in a little pocket with the granite and schist on one side and a large tamarisk on the other. Small paths led down on either side. A perfect little spot. My mother and I chatted in that spot while we waited. The boatmen were taking naps in the raft. Later Earl joined us after he got too hot in the sun. It was a nice lazy afternoon, though I did get my laundry done at one point.
When Joel got back he told me about his hike. He tormented me by telling me how beautiful it was even though I couldn't hike. Then we washed up a bit. His hair was scoured clean by the waterfall up Clear Creek, but I needed a shampoo.
After we sat around for a while a wasp started bothering us. Then a large lizard came out. It scampered around trying to catch the wasp. It came close to catching the wasp twice, then Joel scared it away with his foot.
Dinner tonight was pork chops, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and carrots. Mom had put desserts in every meal too but I couldn't usually eat them since they were made with milk.
We stayed up later than usual, past dark. When we set up the tent we put the tarp on to keep out the sand and the threatening clouds from getting us gritty and wet. It turned out to be a good decision since later at night the rain started and by morning we woke up to a steady downpour. Unfortunately not all of our group was so lucky. Dave and Judy were unable to find a spot large enough for their tent and had to brave the rain without it as did the other unlucky few who hadn't set up their tents.
" Today, when we made our hike to the Clear Creek waterfall, we took advantage of the running clean water to wash ourselves off. You are not allowed to use any soap in the side streams, but the vigorous action of the water did the job and got the clothes I was wearing and my hair thoroughly clean."
"Meanwhile back at the camp, Daphne used the sun shower to clean herself off (Editor's note: actually I didn't, I used the river water). Then she used the tried-and-true method of rubbing sand in her clothes to get the smell out. When I arrived in camp, I found our campsite had a nice tree next to it covered in drying clothing."
"Nothing really gets truly clean, at least to the level that we normally expect with modern washing machines. But it is nice to know the you can get the smell of sweat, and some of the stains of breakfast out of your clothes in the middle of the trip."
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