6/17 – We finally forced ourselves to leave the roaring hearth at St Mary’s lodge and go back into the rain and snow at noon. Meanwhile the Noodleheads – Angel Hair & Rigatoni – had arrived with Coyote. They’d bailed after 48 hours of rain. Nevertheless we headed out (Naomi was driver extraordinaire once more) and she dropped us off in the snow where she’d picked us up the day before. The trail passed some gorgeous waterfalls and was full of fresh bear skat, but we didn’t see any bears. The weather improved, though, and we even enjoyed a respite from the rain before arriving at Red Eagle Lake. There we were joined by Stretch, another thru-hiker from Seattle. Jack, however had stayed behind since his knee was bothering him.