We were 5 or 6 miles down the trail when we came upon a sign noting a mere 13 miles to Roads End. The descent, despite my uneasiness with footing on the downhill, was going remarkably well and even I was finding a grove. We’d not planned to end the trip for another day yet, each of us felt a sore throat coming on and did not want illness to prevent us from returning to work as planned. So we weighed the pros and cons of ending a day early over the next few miles.
While the rattlesnakes were definitely harder to spot, their existence was never to be forgotten. They were there, hiding in the nearby shrubbery, or in the rock beside the trail’s edge. I spotted three along our 46 mile trek.
As for bears, they were a little more keen in their movement – at least around me. A hiker not far behind us got a nice shot of one just a few minutes behind us.
Honestly, I was a little bummed. Safe bear spotting was on my list for this trip.
The lizards, however, they were plentiful, clearly visible, AND happy to be photographed.
Our day took us up to the tippy top of Glen Pass. My ability to hike from 10,500 to 12,000 feet in a matter of a couple of hours really blows my mind. I am both amazed and thankful for my health & fitness, endurance & strength. Without these, I would not be able to take on such an adventure and would not have enjoyed the spectacular view from the top.
The sun has yet to make it’s appearance yet the moon has drawn me to the lake after my morning pee. Lovely, isn’t it?
Since I’m up anyway, I head back to the tent to grab the water filter to prepare for another day. We are taking on Glen Pass today. Going from an elevation of 10,500 to 12,000 feet. I can’t sleep anyways. I’m nervous and excited.
I can’t tell you how nice it is to be traveling through the backcountry as we are. It’s just theMAN and me now. Our compadres, suffering from a blown out knee and impending illness, were forced to turn back on Day 2.
Each of us, have found our own groove and travel down the trail at our own pace. It works well for us. As in life, I find that it is good to give the space that you need to another. In this way, you both can get what you need be it a photo, a pee stop, or powering up the mountain to play in the snow.
At camp, we each find a lakeside spot to write down our reflections of the day, meditate, nap, or practice our yoga — then come together, each more whole than before, to share in our independence as well as our togetherness. It is the 4th of July but there are no fireworks in the sky. Instead, the sky is lit up with a nearly full moon and tiny little stars scattered as far as the eye can see.
As for the hike, we hit 10,000 feet elevation today. Along the way, there was beautiful around every turn.