We managed to stay up a little bit later than in Salida. WanderLost fell asleep first, she made it until 10:30. Kelsey through in the towel around 11 o’clock. I stayed up until 11:30, only because I had to write my blog. Once again I didn’t bother with an alarm clock. I managed to sleep in until almost 8:30. While I waited for them to shower I began to pack up. I realized that I didn’t charge my external battery pack. That thing takes hours to charge, so now I’m relying 100% on solar power for this last leg. I think it will be ok, but now I have something to worry over. We bought microwave burritos last night so we wouldn’t have the expense or time suck of going out for breakfast. We were packed up and out of the room by 9:45. I tried to charge my battery pack in Kelsey’s car, but her outlet wasn’t working. I settled for connecting it to the solar charger and leaving it in the front windshield. We stopped at a gift shop on the way out of town so they could buy koozies to keep the boyfriends happy. We were on our way to the trailhead by 10:30. After traveling almost exclusively at 2.5mph I don’t do very well in a car. Kelsey was driving and WanderLost let me ride up front. The drive up was very twisty and had sharp curves. I was a nervous wreck and just stared at my phone the entire drive up. Kelsey is a very safe driver, but I felt like I was in a NASCAR race. I ended up giving her the trail name Danica Patrick, or DP for short.
Me, WanderLost, and Danica Patrick(DP)
Sad to see them go
View while I was hiking with DP and WanderLost
1 mile after they had to turn around(4, 14ers in view)
Yurt platform(Yurt not setup due to COVID) I camped there in 2018
“He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles.”
- Harry Emerson Fosdick