We arrived at the Blaylock Creek trailhead around 4pm Friday evening. We were greeted by a wet water crossing, then a steep incline up the first ridge. We made camp in a little valley in the ridge around 6. It was located on the side of a creek.
We promptly set up camp and got dinner going: ramen, dehydrated peas and corn, teriyaki beef jerky, and onion flavor soup mix all rehydrated in our little pot.
Hammocks were our sleeping arrangement of choice. We had quilted liners that were supposed to provide an insulative layer. That was a huge fail. It got in the 30’s that night, and we were miserable. I watched the moon inch its way across the sky the whole night. It was quite a view. That was the only upside to sleeping in the hammock that night. The moon was so bright and crisp. And before it came out the stars were amazingly bright. No cloud cover to spoil that.
We draped a tarp over Tim’s hammock so Moo Moo, our dog, could have a little shelter. By the end of the night Tim had him up in the hammock to get them both warmed up. He makes an awesome snuggle buddy, even when he’s stinky.
We later found out from a Troop Leader that we needed an extra liner to go along with our quilts. Two in his group slept in hammocks that same night with no complaint of how cold it was. What a difference that makes!