Date: 11 Mar 2019 07:48PM MST
Location: Camping near mile 91.5
Today's Miles: 14.8
Total Miles: 91.5
Relatively calm night last night. Caretaker at Kentucky Camp found me a spot with a natural windbreak, which cut down on the driving wind and rain that occurred throughout the night.
Pretty impressed at how well my tent holds up considering how light it is, and the fact that it doesn't have any poles.
Caretaker offered to drive me in to Sonita to pick up my package at the post office, as well as grab another day and a half of food. It was super awesome of him to do so, and is one of the main drivers of why the trail is so special - the kindness of strangers never ceases to amaze.
Got back to the camp and packed up all my things that were getting some sun and air. Threw two hot pockets in the microwave and chatted with the caretaker for another hour before finally walking out into the desert.
Didn't leave camp until around 1130, but you can't rush things out here - the trail isn't going anywhere, and organic experiences are what it's all about.
The hiking today was incredibly scenic, overlooking valley upon valley of a tannish, yellowish grass, beautiful blue skies, and a backdrop of mountain ranges in the distance on all sides. Took all I had not to stop at the top of every hill and snap a few pictures, although that's pretty much what happened anyway.
The way I figure, pictures don't weigh anything so why the hell not.
Checked the weather when I managed to get a bit of cell service, winter storm warning for the next few days. Luckily I'm below the expected snow elevations for the time being, but plenty of rain is on the way. It's starting to patter gently on my tent as I write, here's to hoping it passes on, or is at least much less threatening than the weather report suggests.
Might end up taking a day off here soon, get a day of rest before pushing out into the next range of mountains. Knee has been giving me grief as well, figured it's better to slow down and listen to it then injure myself and end this hike early.