“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
~Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard’s Egg
Mineral Creek to Aspens above Pond
We are out of the extreme high elevation. Yaaay. Tonight we are dry camped in a lush green aspen grove at 9,962 feet. I am dirty from hiking and no water to clean-up. Baby wipes to the rescue. After a couple of steep climbs this morning, the day consisted of a gentle descent with the trail leading above creeks.
Today there were 2 sign- in registers at trail heads. I was happy to see Silly Chili’s name. That means he is okay and moving forward.
The Cochetopa Creek that we followed at the end of the day was filled with beaver dams.
I do have a question. I keep finding in the trail piles of what looks like perfect brown acorns. I have a picture below. I think it must be moose scat????
Zpacks 10 degree sleeping bag – 19 ounces
It is literally like a little heater and very lightweight. I don’t even mind that the design does not have a hood. The nights on the CDT have been getting down to 20 degrees and I have stayed warm in this bag.