Mile: 1908.2 to 1930.8 plus .6 side trip (23.2)
New trip bird: Barrow's Goldeneye
Before we leave Rosary Lake this morning Susan scans the water and spots a duck. It's a female goldeneye but which one. The characteristics fit Barrow's and the range maps allow for it here in summer. A quick text messages to our friend Steve who is very familiar with Oregon Bird status and distribution confirms Barrow's as a rare breeder. Very cool.
If we have to walk all morning in a viewless forest at least this one is interesting. We are ready for Frodo and Sam or some other Hobbits to come around the corner at any minute. The old growth hemlocks are huge and covered in moss, the long stringy moss I think is called Spanish moss or beard moss. Whatever it's called it is awesome.
Seven miles into our morning calls for a side trip. There is a lake a short distance off trail called Bobby Lake and how can we pass up one named for our son Bobby! We sit and have second breakfast at the tranquil lake before hustling back to our regularly scheduled trail.
More forest and after lunch we enter a very old burn that is regenerating nicely. An hour of this is enough and we reach a lakes basin where we have our choice of camping. The miles came pretty easy today so we push out to our limit at about 23 miles. It's been cloudy all day and rain threatens as we quickly pitch camp. All the chores are done and we're snuggled down in our bags as we get an early taste of fall with the very cool temperatures for the past few days. To think just a few days ago we were cooking, and now Susan is wearing all her jackets to hike in!