Date: 01 Aug 2017 1031PM
Location: Camping near mile 2273.8
Today's Miles: 18.6
Total Miles: 376.3
Woke up early this morning, managed to get a couple of hours of sleep. Waited for the grocery store to open and grabbed my wallet and phone and walked next door to resupply. Bought what I needed for the next few days and returned to the motel room.
Put on some Netflix while I packed my gear and prepared to leave town. Packed up my old, broken hiking poles and went to the front desk to check out. The proprietor was super nice, and offered to print out my return shipping label for the defective hiking poles.
Walked over to the post office and dropped off the package. Left and walked over to the local coffee shop and grabbed a cup of coffee. Spent the next three hours talking with the wife, updating the trail journal, and downloading new stuff to listen to (audiobooks, podcasts, music).
Walked to the edge of town and waited about thirty minutes for a hitch. Pleasant enough gentleman who was very curious about the trail.
Got back to the trail about 1300, and walked straight through until the evening. Packed out some leftover pizza that I munched on while I walked.
Didn't have a planned destination, so when I arrived at a campsite approximately fifteen miles into the day I decided to keep on hiking.
I came upon an absolutely *amazing* ridge walk with jaw dropping views in all directions. As I walked the sun began to set - I sat down right on the trail and watched it disappear.
At sunset I still had a mile and a half until the campsite, so I ended up getting out my headlamp and beanie to help me through the darkness and cold wind.
Traversed a few snow fields and some scree in the dark, but I eventually found the campsite. I managed to wedge my tent into a very tight spot surrounded by rocks and trees for protection from the wind.
Squeezed into the tent with all my gear, watched some Netflix, ate a cold dinner of lunch meat, Pringles, and mini KitKat bars, and prepared for bed.
Camping above 7,000 feet tonight, I do believe that is a first for me.