The rest of the night was uneventful. With the dawn the wind died down. Since Lyle stood the last watch I let him sleep in.
I checked around outside. Nothing. Though the message was still on the door.
I brought in some wood to restock the fire and made some breakfast.
Then we prepared to set out as planned. After the briefest of discussions in which we again confirmed to one another our agreement to keep to the plan and continue on into the mountains, we shuffled the dirt from our shoes and hit the trail.
After the next valley and the following ridge, since nothing came to view, we knew we would again be camping out under the stars.