July 1, 2017: Hiked Miles 1157.0 to 1164.4 (7.4 total)
I first woke up at 4:00 this morning and was wide awake. The comfy bed must have helped me sleep well. I didn’t think I would ever fall back asleep, but eventually did and slept in until 6:30.
We enjoyed a relaxing morning drinking coffee, watching the news, and scarfing down all the amazing breakfast Missi made for us. I don’t think they’ll have much food left in the house after we leave.
I don’t think I mentioned it in the previous blog post, but this is the wine we had last night from their winery:
We spent the morning lounging around and playing with Cael. He’s probably the smartest six-year-old I know and has the best imagination, so we had a blast talking to him.
Missi’s daughter, Symone, was singing the national anthem at a Fourth of July Veteran’s Luncheon so we walked down to the event, and had lunch and listened to her sing. She did a great job and the food was amazing.
It was a neat event with lots of veterans there, a bunch of pararescue jumpers who are doing a presentation on the Fourth over Tahoe jumping out of a plane, and the San Diego Marines marching band who put on a great performance.
Missi and Cael took off because Cael was going to compete in an ice-cream-eating competition. Basically every kid’s dream. And Kirk drove Colton and I back to the I-80 trailhead. We said goodbye and got back on the trail. I know I’ve said it before, but we are so appreciative of all the people that have helped us out on the trail especially with their hospitality. I only hope we can return the favor someday or pay it forward. They are all lifesavers and amazing trail angels.
Of course our trail went from mud back to slushy snow in no time since it was already afternoon.
We slid around a lot since our shoes basically have no tread now, until we finally got smart and put our microspikes on. I don’t know why we ever try to walk in the snow without them. Taking a minute to put them on saves us so much energy from sliding with every step and ending up on our butts all the time.
As I was hiking, I remembered that today is July 1st. It seems so weird to me that it’s July. I feel like my seasons are so messed up having already completed the desert section which felt like a hot summer day a lot of the time and then getting thrown straight into the snow which felt like a blizzardy winter day a lot of the time. Now our days are hot, our nights are cold. It seems more like winter on the trail and then we get off for a day and go into town and everyone’s in swimsuits at the lake. We are just all messed up.
We pretty much hiked up and up and up today, through the trees, in the snow, until we crested over a peak and got to slip and slide our way down into the canyon.
We passed this pretty little waterfall on the way down.
We ate dinner on the bridge. I think I am finally sick of Top Ramen. It just has no taste to me anymore. Which is not good as we still have a few months on the trail. Gonna have to figure something else out soon.
I’m watching the sun sink behind the trees now and listening to the creek running, Colton snoring, and the frogs croaking.
Oh wait, Colton just woke up, reached down to grab some gummy bears and shove them in his mouth. I don’t even think his eyes opened all the way. After he just said 30 minutes ago that he was stuffed and couldn’t eat anything else. I guess there’s always room for gummy bears.