Miles Hiked: 20.6
Total Milage: 503
Today Rockslide, Free Fall, and I all slept in. I was so sore and exhausted from yesterday. We took our time packing up, making hot coffee for breakfast, and hanging out. I took advantage of the time to do some much needed stretching before heading out to hike around 8:45 am. This is the latest I’ve started hiking other than when I leave a town late in the day.
All day we were hiking up and down rock formations. We would climb up small mesas and dip back into a valley. I have been so shocked at how pretty this stretch of the desert has been. It feels like the Grand Finale of this type of terrain. Soon we will be heading into the snowy mountains of Colorado. To be honest, I’m not ready 😂
As per usual water was very scarce today. Luckily the Green Party of ABQ helped us out once again by leaving a large cache of water next to the road. Water caches help out thru hikers so much more than you would think. Today I mostly hiked with Rockslide. I took so many breaks because my feet were killing me. I loved being able to climb up to a view and see the other people I’m hiking with on the trail in the distance.
If you haven’t noticed some of my blog posts have been a lot shorter than usual. I’ve been struggling to find the motivation to write about my day every night. Getting behind on blogging is such a pain in the butt too. I have a feeling it’s just because our days have been so long and I’ve been hiking with an awesome group of people that I like to hang out with in the evenings. I also get service way less often than when I blogged daily from the AT so it’s easy for me to feel overwhelmed with how much content I have to publish every time I get into town. Anyways, if you’re reading this I just wanted to say thank you! It’s not easy to keep up on this.