Day 49 - Going Up!

We woke to frozen condensation on our sleeping bags and for some, frozen water filters. I'd heard it gets cold up here! 

A bunch of us had slept in the sand along river and were greeted by a herd of cows who came down for their morning drink.

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We began our ascent. 

We began our ascent. 

And took note of curious life forms along the way. 

And took note of curious life forms along the way. 

I met Two Pack, who had been carrying 130 pounds of gear for several hundred miles and optimistically noted "I'm getting stronger every day!" 

I met Two Pack, who had been carrying 130 pounds of gear for several hundred miles and optimistically noted "I'm getting stronger every day!" 

The landscape was shifting. 

The landscape was shifting. 

And opened up to reveal millions of pine trees along the mountains and in the valley below. 

And opened up to reveal millions of pine trees along the mountains and in the valley below. 

The scenery felt surreal at times. 

The scenery felt surreal at times. 

Even the rock art had a mystical quality to it. 

Even the rock art had a mystical quality to it. 

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I enjoyed some dinner at a scenic overlook, heck why not?! 

And hiked on into the remaining hours of the day, wondering how it was that I'd never thought to visit before.

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<3 Will