Wonderland Trail | Day 1
Next stop was Longmire. We’re stashing a resupply there that we can grab on the 5th day of our trip. We were cruising along (catching up on Pod Save America) but our ETA kept increasing, which made no sense. Then he hit the long line of cars getting into Mt Rainier NP. We finally got to Longmire at 10.
Then the long (but beautifulll) drive from Longmire to White River campground (where we start). We drove by where we’ll be camping the night before last — Maple Creek. I wonder what it’ll feel like when we’re there.
We thought the first line to get into the park at Longmire was bad... To drive to White River from Longmire, you have to exit the park and enter again. It must’ve been the time of the day (a couple of hours later), but it was a literal parking lot. The only time we were moving was when cars were turning around to go back. We thought that we’d be hiking by noon. But it’s 12:14 and we’re still outside the entrance to the park.
From there, we just cruised up to Mystic Lake. We were at our campsite at 7:40. It was so quick. I think we were quicker on uphills than downhills today just because we kept getting distracted chatting, taking photos.
I started boiling water for our freeze dried dinner right away. Then we set up the tent, blew up the sleeping pads, changed, got water, and by then the lasagna was done. Yummmm. It’s almost as good as I remember.
Tea and 1/3 of our box of Oreos for dessert. I’m really full! We brushed our teeth and hung up the food in Alex’s sleeping pad pump sack. It was pretty tricky to hang it up! I was having a hard time which made me laugh which made it even harder. In our sleeping bags at 9:20.
All our devices are still pretty charged. Only charging my watch.