May 14, 2017: Hiked Miles 468.2 to 478.2 + 2 to Casa de Luna (12 total)
Today was a pretty easy day. We woke up early to a beautiful morning and hiked 10 miles into Green Valley. And had another beautiful view of the lake we passed yesterday.
The hike wasn’t too hard and we had a nice cool wind to help us out. We passed a sign with a list of every year’s winner of the Leona Divide trail run. I have read Scott Jurek’s memoirs in which he talks about a lot of the people who were listed. It’s so cool that I am hiking a trail where these world-class ultramarathoners have raced.
And Colton found a cool bench to sit on.
We stopped for a quick break to snack and as I was eating a cliff bar, a bee stung me. Apparently bees like white chocolate macadamia cliff bars too. Not cool. If I have to pack this food around for miles, I’m not sharing with anybody!
We kept hiking and eventually made it down to the little community of Green Valley. We passed a trail register on the way that had a cute sticker on it.
We hiked a couple miles until we found a little store and cafe. Colton got an oreo milkshake and I got a virgin Arnold Palmer, what I had been craving for days.
The entire property was decorated by rocks that had been painted by previous hikers.
Hikers kept rolling in all afternoon. I think by the end of the night there was at least 60 people there. Dinner was a huge taco salad bar. It was amazing and the perfect meal to fill up a bunch of hungry hikers.
Now it’s time to curl up in my sleeping bag and get back on the trail tomorrow. As nice as it was to have a couple short days with real food, a couple beers and some rest, I already miss the quietness and simplicity of the trail.