Bluebird Days and Cold Nights
We quickly got our hammocks set up and started to gather wood for a fire, this was supposed to be the coldest night of the trip down to the upper 20s. It was already down into the 30s and dropping fast. Since we got a late start neither of us fished that first evening. We ended up just sitting around the fire and catching up, I had not seen Kevin in several months so we had a lot stuff to catch up on. We ended up going to bed at around 9 and the temperature was already down to about 30, I was starting to think that the weatherman may have missed it a tiny bit. My sleep gear consisted of an Enlightened Equipment Revelation top quilt rated to 20 degrees and a three season Jacks R Better under quilt. I went to bed and wore fleece long johns and wool socks and was a bit nervous about staying warm. My gear performed fantastic and I had a restful and comfortable nights sleep even though it was colder than expected and 24 degrees when we got up.
We had a fantastic time exploring and fishing this little creek and hoped to fish all the way through to another trail that we could hit and walk down to the main trail and back to camp. Well it did not work out that way and we could not find the upper trail. After much climbing, thicket busting and a few choice words we decided to just head back down the creek. Climbing back down all those plunges and waterfalls was no fun at all and by the time I got back to camp I was completely and totally whipped. We heated up our supper, I had a Backpackers Pantry Pad Thai that was really good, and got ready for an early night and early hike out.
I slept warm and snug the last night even though the temperature dropped even more and was 21 when we got up the last morning. My gear is rated to 20 degrees and I put it to the test, it came through with flying colors. I was not cold at all this trip, at least not in the hammock. We didn't waste anytime breaking camp and hitting the trail and the brisk walk out warmed us right up. I have to say that this was about as good a season opener as possible. Though we did not catch a bunch of fish we really had a good time, our gear worked great and I found a new blue line to hit a little later in the spring. I am already planning the next trip! See you on the creek, Chris