September 7, 2017: Hiked Miles 2480.2 to 2504.2 (24.0 total)
I think I slept a good nine hours last night. I didn’t think it was possible. My mind and body feel great.
We woke up to another smokey morning. Morning looks the same as evening. The temperature feels the same. If it didn’t get dark, I think we would be in a perpetual end-of-the-world fog.
I forgot yesterday that I had packed out a banana so I ate it for breakfast along with some huckleberries and my poptarts and coffee.
As we started hiking, Colton and I got in a big fight and he decided to smash one of his trekking poles against a rock and broke it in half. I think the trail is starting to wear on us. Spending almost five months with the same person, all day, every day can do that to you.
The morning was pretty uneventful. We climbed up and down hills like always. We crossed lots of pretty little streams. After a few hours of hiking and a long climb, we stopped for a snack break on top of a hill. I know we would have had an incredible view if if wasn’t for the smoke.
It’s starting to get a little frustrating, knowing we’re missing out on some incredible views in probably one of the prettiest sections of the trail, but what are you gonna do? Can’t change it, so might as well forget about it and enjoy what we have. At least we still have lots of pretty, green meadows and hillsides to look at.
While we were eating lunch we heard some loud noises of something crashing through the bushes and out popped this guy:
Colton wasn’t too happy to get his nap interrupted:
And I found a cool plant/flower that looked really pretty when it blew in the wind:
We came across one of our friends laying on the ground, not looking too good. He thinks he drank some bad water. He uses a UV light to shine on his water to filter it, which I guess has worked… up until now. The trail always makes you work… right up to the very end. Especially until the very end.
We finished our day at the very early time of 5:50. It feels so good to be done early and know we’ll be in the tent before dark and get lots of sleep. Unfortunately, where we chose to camp is covered in grass, no dirt to be seen.
We stretched a lot, filtered water, I had time to work on my blog before dinner. Easy livin’. We ate our other Mountain House meals for dinner. We both had Chicken Teriyaki, my favorite. Almost tastes like real food. And that got us talking about food, of course. Colton is craving his favorite thing in the world, Panda Express, and pizza. I’m craving everything I haven’t had in months: sushi, Thai food, and pho. I wonder if anyone makes dehydrated pho. That seems like it would be so easy. I’m gonna have to find out.
Now it’s 7:30 and we’re already snuggled up in our sleeping bags. It’s already getting chilly and dewy so I think it will be an early night for us. I could get used to this.