Date: 10 Mar 2019 08:08PM MST
Location: Camping at Kentucky Camp
Today's Miles: 18.2
Total Miles: 76.7
Slept like a rock last night, guess the walking is finally starting to catch up to me.
Took it relatively slow this morning. Not because of the cold as was a day or two ago, but because my breakfast consisted of some rehydrated rice and cous cous that I didn't feel like trying to walk and eat at the same time.
First half of the day was up. Nothing too severe, but the dry air and sun is still taking its toll on me, so the walking feels worse than it is at times.
Second half of the day was pretty epic. The trail walks along an old mining operation for many miles and you can see the remnants actually still in place from the early 1900's, and the scenery itself was pretty amazing: nothing but desert prairies and an occasional butte for as far as the eye could see. Hit the prairies at the perfect time of day as well, with the late afternoon sunlight really doing its part to make everything gleam and sparkle in yellows and oranges.
Made it a bit further than expected today, but it all worked out. Kentucky Camp is the last stop on the mining trail tour I walked all day, and is the original headquarters of the old mining operation, now owned by the forest service. The caretaker wasn't around when I arrived, but showed up shortly thereafter and we chatted for a good thirty minutes before he showed me the best place to camp that is secluded, out of the wind, and close to the pit toilets (huge win there 😉). Even let me use a staff kitchenette and microwave, which I gratefully accepted, using the microwave to heat up my cold soaked rice, which I also melted some cheese on.
Appears there's some bad weather coming the next few days. Heading into Sonita tomorrow to grab a package, will have to see what the weather entails. If it looks too rough I might have to hunker down for a day or two, otherwise I'll push up trail to the town of Vail and check again there.
Really tired tonight, here's to hoping I get some good sleep.