I woke up to the sound of my alarm, which does not normally happen. As I looked out from my sleeping bag, I could see an amazing sunrise. I packed up my equipment and hit the trail before anyone else had gotten up. Today started my first full day in Oregon, and it was buggy.
Where I camped, the bugs were not too bad since there was a good breeze going all night, but as I hiked, I would pass areas where the mosquitoes were bad enough that I had to put my head net on. Besides the mosquitoes, the trail was great. I made good time all day. I ran into 5 other Nobos (North Bounders) and a lot of Sobos (South Bounders). One of the Nobos whose name was Brightside, skipped the Sierras this year due to the snow and then took a month off the trail, before getting back on in Ashland. He said he was surprised at how quickly he lost his trail legs, once he stopped hiking.
Multiple times the trail followed a semi-exposed ridge line. You could see for miles - lots of forest, as far as the eye could see, with mountains sticking up here and there. Also there were beautiful lakes miles away in the distance.
I reached Summit Lake at 6:10 pm which was the place I planned to stay. I was hoping for a breeze coming off the lake, but no luck. The mosquitoes were some of the worst that I have ever seen, including last year when I spent the summer in the Boundary Waters. The other person at the site was cooking dinner with her stove inside her tent, they were that bad. I set up my tent as fast as possible, then had dinner at the lake’s edge. There were fewer bugs and a great view. After I finished eating, I dove into my bivy and zipped it up as fast as I could. Thankfully, only a couple bugs got in. They were swarming and so I went to bed to the loud buzzing drone of mosquitoes.