August 21, 2012
I got sick during the night! I am sure it was because I didn’t drink enough the day before. I tend to not drink enough and it has been my downfall on numerous occasions. Once we broke camp we then had to hike (or hitchhike) back to the Visitor’s Center to continue our through hike of the Centennial Trail. It was already hot and no one stopped to pick us up! I wanted to just start out from the campground but Dragonfly thought we should stick to the trail without missing any of it.
We walked through a pasture with buffalo, opening and closing some gates. By the time we reached the lake again I was wiped out. Still not drinking enough water. But by then, when you are already low on fluids, it is really hard to get ahead of it.
We kept going, but out on the open prairie with the sun beating down, I couldn’t go on. Dragonfly walked ahead, dropped her backpack, came back to carry my backpack and walk with me until we reached where she had dropped her backpack. We did this all afternoon across the prairie. Dragonfly promised me all sorts of things to encourage me, she has yet to fulfill some of those promises! She really was great in knowing what to do, keeping us both safe and moving. There was no cell phone service and no body was around, so we would have been in a real bind if she hadn’t gotten us through.
By early evening we finally came to Bear Butte Creek which was flowing and had a place to camp. Dragonfly set up camp and made dinner. I wasn’t much help. Because we were next to water, we knew we would be safe. We were yards away from Highway 34 and a mile from Fort Meade Military Hospital, so we knew we could get medical help.
As the sun went down, we went to bed. Tomorrow is another day.