It was hot and record temperatures were predicted. So, after filtering enough water to last us our hike back to the trailhead I decided that I'd lie in the creek a while and get soaked before we started climbing the 600+ feet out of the wilderness.
Today we sunbathed and went on a short exploratory hike. Yes, that’s right, sunbathed on the 31 December in the Northern hemisphere – I was impressed. Though to make up for this there was ice on the inside of our tent when we woke up. My sunbathing was interrupted by a pack of horses crossing the creek, which confirmed my suspicion that there was a trail on the other side.