I woke to the sun rising over Long Canyon and met about 8 hikers before leaving my campsite, people rise early around here!
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!
But the views were breathtaking
The land was alive
and desert dwellers scurried about
We drank from a horse trough, the only water in a 20 mile stretch and boy were we thirsty!
Let's have a closer look at that
Thank goodness for a water filter
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.
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.
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.