I think I’ll start each day-post of our multi-day tramping trip with sharing some notes that I wrote on my phone while doing the track.
Side note: I know the font (at least in my editing mode) is different in this post. Unfortunately, WordPress is not very word-processing friendly and so I have no idea where to change the font so that it is all the same. Sorry!!
Later, George wanted to go for a swim. I told him that the gorge we crossed was pretty deep and that when we walked across the bridge, I had in mind that he had said he wanted to swim and so paid attention to how someone could get down to the water safely. Initially I didn’t see any good way and so protested slightly. But it was just a short walk and we ended up finding quite a safe way down to the water. Not sure why but I don’t have any pictures of this gorge. The water was really blue-green and cold (I know this from our lunch spot); I didn’t go swimming. I didn’t have the energy and I had my mom’s voice in my head “be careful, it’s too dangerous” and the memory of Sarah and Laura getting stuck in the water in that Adirondack river (was it at Flat Rock? or something like that). Honestly, I could have gone swimming; the water was not flowing fast at all where George got in the water. It was just a tiny, basically human-sized cove in the rocks where the water was almost sitting still. But I was very tired and I couldn’t help my hyper-responsible brain from seeing that it could be done. Oh well.
Later, we got back up to the hut. I decided I should eat and so had my can of lentils with some noodles and bread. Weird combination but it was pretty yummy. After that, it was basically time for bed.
Quick word about what we did for water supply: basically, the water in the rivers is clean enough to drink. The tap water in the huts comes from the rivers and is super refreshing. They did have a sign in the hut that if you’re concerned, you could boil the water as assurance that it’s drinkable, however, we’d heard that it was fine without boiling and neither George nor I had any problems while on the trail. Each of us were prepared however with an antibiotic that we had brought just in case.
That’s it: We survived Day One! Woohoo!