Day 4 - Sizzling Hot and Drinking from the Trough

I woke to the sun rising over Long Canyon and met about 8 hikers before leaving my campsite, people rise early around here! 

I chatted with Michael while enjoying my sunrise oatmeal and after hearing he was from Alaska, I couldn't resist offering him the trail name "Yukon Cornelius," he promised to look up the reference and I had a good laugh.

I chatted with Michael while enjoying my sunrise oatmeal and after hearing he was from Alaska, I couldn't resist offering him the trail name "Yukon Cornelius," he promised to look up the reference and I had a good laugh.

We had a 10+ mile walk along the 5,000 foot ridge line, with temps soaring near 100 degrees and wind gusts of 20-30 mph. It was intense!

Wow

Wow

But the views were breathtaking  

Heavenly skies

Heavenly skies

The land was alive

Beautiful flowers

Beautiful flowers

and desert dwellers scurried about

Well hello there! 

Well hello there! 

We drank from a horse trough, the only water in a 20 mile stretch and boy were we thirsty!

Rising Sun and Andrew bravely filtering their warer

Rising Sun and Andrew bravely filtering their warer

Let's have a closer look at that

There was a bug literally doing what looked like a backstroke in this pool. 

There was a bug literally doing what looked like a backstroke in this pool. 

Thank goodness for a water filter

Mmm... 

Mmm... 

After hiking through the heat of the day, my body was quite sore and my spirits started to dwindle. I'd developed a hiker hobble and my right foot ached. I stopped looking around in awe and started seeing only the dirt path before me. But then I found some desert sage and it helped revive my senses and spirit.

Sacred plant, sacred scent

Sacred plant, sacred scent

I hiked into a valley that reminded me of the mountains back home and shared a campsite with Rising Sun, another AT thru hiker and we shared stories from the trail, further reviving my spirits. 

I cooked my dinner over an open fire and read a note from a friend back home that made my body erupt with hearty laughter. 

I lovingly washed my tender aching feet, thanking them for being so good to me and eased the pain of a blister that had formed on my right pinky toe.

Hang in there you two I know it's been a bit of a shock the past few days. You two are the BEST!

Hang in there you two I know it's been a bit of a shock the past few days. You two are the BEST!

I fell asleep to the lullaby of birdsong, grateful for the challenging day that taught me a few things about my mind, body, and spirit.

64 miles hiked. 

<3 Will

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