October 14, 2012
Just as a good multi-course ends with dolce - desert, like a cannoli - so our four day hike ended on Sunday with a "desert course." My day started in wonderful fashion. As I lay snug in my sleeping bag in predawn darkness, I was serenaded by a barred owl: "Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?" I loved hearing him and wished he would go on for a half hour or so - but it was only for a few minutes.
After a morning fire and breakfast (oatmeal with apples, pecans, cinnamon, and nutmeg), we broke camp about 10:15 - what a great camping spot it was - crossed Little Wilson Creek easily, and hit the trail. For a while it was smooth going through the wilderness area, then we hit a spot where the only trail seemed to continue straight ahead.
Here is the map of our route on Sunday. Note the little stop sign: that is where it became difficult to pick out the trail, and you can see a short track where we went the wrong way. The purple arrow marks our camping area on Little Wilson Creek, and the track out is in lavender and generally heads southwest.
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