I restarted the fire about 5am. I packed up and ate breakfast as the other guys got ready. We got on the trail at 7am right as Chris and Megan were packed up and eating their breakfast. For the next couple hours we passed people in their camps. We met an energetic dog and his owner, and a few other people on the trail before we stopped for a snack at the top of a large ridge about 945. Chris shortly showed up dressed in his bright orange and looking so perky vs last night that Scott didn’t even recognize him.
We stopped for lunch at 1215 at around 9 miles, after we got through the ridges. Chris and Megan joined us, as did two other families. I filtered water and we headed on.
We played a game of various groups of people overtaking each other until we passed everyone around Little Missouri Falls. A quarter mile down the trail we came to a great campsite. When I got my tent setup Chris and Megan showed up to join us. We scrounged for wood and they brought a lot of driftwood up from the river. We got the fire started and we sat around visiting under a partial moon and a clear sky.