There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.”
Tank 7 Creek to Monarch Crest
If you have ever read the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, you will recall a scene where a tornado touches down at the very spot the main character, Brian is camped at. The tornado destroys every thing in camp, but the surrounding area is untouched. This scene played over and over in my head last night. About 11:00 pm Wired and I heard the loudest, most frightening wind sound coming our way. We were camped just a few feet from each other. Both of us quickly threw everything in our backpacks to get ready for a big hit of wind. I think we both thought our little 15 ounce cuben fiber tents would be no match. The noise got louder and louder and louder and lasted for hours, but luckily nothing ever actually hit us. Weird. Very weird. Thoughts anyone?
The day was as diverse and amazing as they come: beautiful aspens, mud ridden trail, high traverses on the divide, visit to historic Hutchison Burnett cabin, snow mounds on the trail, scaling cornices, views beyond belief, speedy hiking by Rockin’ and Wired, resupply at Monarch Pass, a fantastic hitch to Salida, and a great motel at Day’s Inn. Life does not get better.
Wired, Silly Chili, and I are taking a zero tomorrow, a day without hiking and leaving for the trail on Sunday with Silly Chili leaving on Monday. He WILL catch up. I am looking forward to pizza, laundry, shower, and the hot tub. Oh ya.
Wired’s Three Musketeer’s candy bar. Serious goodness. She shares.
Smart water bottles: love the size and how they load in the pack, and they are easy to drink out of. I am even told that if a Sawyer Squeeze water bottle bladder fails you can use a Smart water bottle as a squeeze dirty water bottle.
BTW: Silly Chili is okay and made it to Salida a day ahead of us. It was reported by other hiker’s on the trail that he hiked 38 miles in one day. More about that later.