La Cloche Silhouette Trail: Day 6 (Recover from the Storm)
I was in rough shape the next morning after last night’s epic storm.
Most of the chaos had passed by 3 am, but the rain had continued on. I had woken up several times during the night, into the wee hours of the morning.
Miraculously, my tent had stayed completely dry inside. I couldn’t believe it had even been possible.
When 7 am hit and I saw the sun beaming down through my tent in all its glory, I sprang to life and eagerly made my way for the rocks.
That’s when I noticed two massive, grey cloud systems closing in from both sides of the lake. I groaned inwardly.
Well, if it was going to be another day of rain, that’s what it would be.
I went about eating breakfast and getting a few things organized. But being on high alert over the occasional drop of rain and huge, grey clouds moving steadily overhead got me a bit mentally drained.
So, I decided to hang out in my tent until I saw more evidence of sun, and ended up falling asleep until 11.
Back out on the rocks, eating a fresh apple from the Kellies, I felt a bit dazed and unsure of what today’s intention should be.
Since hiking to Silver Peak was not an option anymore, “play” was out. And my initial alternative “learn” was feeling like it required way too much brainpower at the moment.
So, I decided to just not think at all and recover.
Day 6 Intention: Recover
Give yourself — your mind and body — a break from doing, from navigating, from thinking. Recover and recharge so that you can take the next steps of your journey fully energized and refocused.
Today was the perfect day where my mind could be given a break from navigating the trail, reflecting or setting up camp.
I finally let my mind daydream — something I instinctively do all the time, but try to turn off when I’m solo camping, so that I can stay alert.
Now though, it didn’t matter. I wasn’t budging an inch today.
I snacked on my carrots and kiwi, and of course the morale-boosting Snickers bar.
I did some stretching, sang a couple of songs aloud, threw on more clothes to stay comfy, and read a bit of the Killarney hiking book.
I thought about how being at work in the office seemed like months ago. I wasn’t dreaming about fries yet, and wasn’t missing too much about the city.
I just sat and aimlessly watched the massive, ever-changing clouds that were moving quickly across the sky.
At one moment, they took on bright, white wisps and cotton-ball shapes. Then, in the next, transformed into masses of grey sheets.
The wind was fierce all day long, making it a rough paddle for anyone facing the headwind on David Lake.
It was a good day to recharge and reset. I was at the midway point of my trip, the second half of my adventures set to begin the next day.
I was still anticipating to face the two most challenging parts of the loop, and wasn’t going to take anything for granted until I walked across the finish line!
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