Back at the Pole Hollow Trail junction
I was last here in May. This time, instead of spending one-night camping with Ginger, I left Ginger at the Pees Hollow Trail junction (she declined my offer to immortalize the moment with a picture), and she set off to spend some time business planning at her ‘Wahoo Point’ campsite, and I carried straight on down the Pilot (Tower) Trail.
I’m heading the six miles to ‘Deep Hollow‘ for some quiet time of my own, and to collect some trash I accidentally left on my last visit. it’s going to be a hot hike — high eighties. Today’s the hottest day of the trip. The rest of the daytime temps are set to be in the low to mid-eighties. There is also the potential for some rain and thunderstorms in the forecast, so I want to get a move on and get camp set up before any bad weather rolls in.
‘Twin Falls Creek’ marks the halfway point of the hike to ‘Deep Hollow’ on the western edge of the wilderness, and it’s where I often stop for a break and to replenish my water. The creek wasn’t running, and the pools had mostly dried up, so I decided not to refill my water — there’s a spring nearby, but I didn’t fancy spending a load of time bushwhacking down to it — so I rationed my 1 liter of water, using most of it to heat noodles for lunch.
I get my noodles from the Asian store, and I’m impressed with how good they are. There is no comparison to generic Pot Noodles. They are also very salty, a good thing when you are hiking in hot weather.
Lunch is over, and I’m ready for the trail. Apparently, I am making looking disheveled an artform. My belt should be above my pack’s hip belt buckle, and I ought to have noticed that I’ve also caught my shirt on the hip belt. I guess it is just as well I didn’t meet a single soul on the entire three-day trip.
Re-visiting the scenic overlook
An hour later, and I was past Lower Pilot Knob. I decided to take a couple of minutes to leave the trail and check out the overlook again. It was worth the detour.
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