After getting plenty of rest yesterday, it wasn’t difficult to wake up this morning at 5:00. Still, we were slow to get moving, and didn’t leave camp until 7:30.
Everything was still wet from yesterday’s rain. As I was packing up my tent, I shook the water off, then didn’t want to get it wet again by rolling it up in the rain-soaked grass. I kept it off the grass by using my sit pad.
My pack was some distance from this spot. So when I went over to it to strap the tent to the pack, I absent-mindedly left the sit pad lying on the ground. It remained there as I finished packing and left the campsite. I didn’t realize I had left it behind until I stopped for lunch.
Making the climb back up the ridge to the trail, I saw Maple, who once again barked at me. I stopped here to talk to Jason for a couple minutes before continuing on.