When I reached the campsite, Rainbow Sherbet was the only one there. She told me Falls had decided to keep hiking with the Oregon boys. We wondered if maybe we wouldn’t see him again.
The campsite wasn’t a Forest Service campground, but it looked like locals often drove up here to camp. I found broken glass all over the campsite and picked up a large pile of it to clear some space for our tents.
The rest of of the Woohoo Crew arrived about 45 minutes later. Rain began to fall a short time after that, so I cooked dinner in my tent's vestibule.
When the rain let up again I decided to hang my food bag. Glass wasn’t the only thing I found scattered around the campsite. I had also discovered some bear scat.
No one else hung their food, which wasn’t surprising. Though almost everyone did on the Appalachian Trail, almost no one has done it so far on this trail.
Of course, hanging a bear bag isn’t usually practical or necessary in the desert. Nevertheless, seeing evidence of a bear being in the neighborhood made me think a little extra precaution was worth the effort.