Date: 21 Aug 2017 0939PM
Location: Camping near mile 1798.4
Today's Miles: 30.6
Total Miles: 851.7
Set an alarm last night for 0500. I loathe alarm clocks. Even so, I woke up in the dark, packed everything up with my headlamp on, threw on my pack with a honey bun in hand and started walking.
My timing was spot on. Since I was camped so close to the rim I was right there as the sun started rising. I kept on walking and bumped into a hiker couple I've met many times before. They're alright company, which is saying a lot for me.
Continued walking a little further until I saw a rock outcropping overlooking the lake. Dropped my pack, climbed up, sat there for quite some time taking it all in.
Hiked around the rim until I made it to the rim village. Had time before the eclipse started so I bought a few polish sausages in buns, some chips, and a soda. To be honest, I was more interested in the food than the eclipse, but watching the eclipse while eating was satisfying.
After filling up on food and watching the eclipse for a few minutes, I loaded back up and continued south.
Came across another fire closure area with quite a few north bounders pouring out of it. After talking with them about the conditions, and checking the status of the fire online, I went for it.
On I walked, for many miles of trail that were so far removed from the affected area that there wasn't even any smoke. As I hiked closer to the area the smoke started to condense, and even some ash fell from the sky. Even at the closest point to the fire there was no real danger, and shortly after there were many more miles of trail closed far removed from the area.
Arrived at my intended campsite only to find it packed with north bounders. It's the last water source they'll encounter for over twenty miles so it makes perfect sense that they'd all huddle up here for the night. North bounders, it seems, are forever scared of not having enough water.
Walked a few minutes further south and found a reasonably flat spot for the night. Setup the tent and crawled in. After cleaning and inspecting my feet I believe it's time for new shoes. My feet are starting to rub in weird and unpredictable ways because the boots are disintegrating and are unable to provide much in the way of support anymore, not to mention all of the dirt and fine dust that's able to get into them through the day now.
After this morning's early wake up I'm just going to try and get as much sleep as possible and save worrying about tomorrow, for tomorrow - I guess that's progress.