Day two on the Eagle Rock Loop was grueling. We started from our site just up clockwise from the Blaylock Creek parking area (near FS 106). That gave us four ridges to climb and descend. What an incredible workout on the legs!
We were certainly ready for a better sleeping experience than the day before. So, we ditched the failed hammock attempt, found a spot where we could pitch a lean-to near a fire, and slept on the ground.
It turns out that Erika’s sleeping bag is a little too small for her. Her shoulders pretty much stick out. So, I gave her my poncho liner to wrap around her. Between that, the warmth from the rocky ground, and the fire we were toasty warm.
You can see here that it’s not even dark and Moo Moo (the Marvelous Trail Dog) is pooched and getting some much needed rest.
All in all, we slept pretty well. I loved having the river sounds so close by. I woke up early when Moo Moo woof’d at something down the trail and I stoked the fire back up.
I used carabiners to attach the tarp to my “tree-friendly” hammock straps. It made its own ridgeline and folded over nicely. I staked down the back corners and had guy lines pulling out the front.
The only thing I might have done differently is put a guy line out the center of the front. If it had started raining, I would have gotten soaked as it was. Otherwise, we could have pulled up the edge of the tarp on the ground and stayed dry. Luckily it didn’t rain at all this weekend.