Saturday, July 4th
CDT Miles Hiked Today: 21.4
CDT Miles Hiked Total: 266.1
He Said: Happy Independence Day everyone! We had a nice day hiking through the Basin, although it was a bit warm, the clouds made it better. Irises were along a lot of the creek areas, but were at the tail end of their bloom. I didn't realize there was a lunar eclipse until it was too late, but did get some shots of our tents in the full moon.
She Said: Our last full basin day! It was a scorcher with essentially no shade, but there was still beauty in the rock outcrops, dried curled up mud, and sweeping nothingness. We also ran into a hiker we met on the PCT last year: Bear Magnet! I've really amped up my speed, which feels good. No real pains and getting stronger every day. I always love seeing the transformation in my legs at this stage of a hike. I'm a beast! The hardest part of today was probably finding a campsite with no shade or wind protection in sight...but we made do in a little sage free zone on the side of a dirt road. The moon was insanely beautiful when it finally rose!
Friday, July 3rd
CDT Miles Hiked Today: 21.6
CDT Miles Hiked Total: 244.7
He Said: So we're getting back to the Basin which is again a lot of sage brush walking. We stopped by South Pass City and had an ice cream and a birch beer. We were still able to find a tree or two for shade at breaks. We set up camp in a cow field near a stream where there was an evil jack rabbit. We were really grateful when the sun set, both because it was beautiful and it tempered the heat.
She Said: Today's highlight was definitely walking through historic South Pass City...like a museum town. I especially loved the ice cream and sasparilla! Another highlight was meeting Lorax, a trail maintainer who has been making our trek easier by cutting down trees. We also sadly left the mountains today to finish off the last of the dreaded Basin. Boo. Tonight, we're camped by lot of cows and prairie dogs (aka plague rats). But what doesn't kill you.. Being back in the desert makes me think of and miss our tramily from the PCT a whole bunch! I hope Snots, Owell, and Gretzky are reading this.
Thursday, July 2nd
CDT Miles Hiked Today: 21
CDT Miles Hiked Total: 223.1
He Said: Another wonderful day hiking in the mountains with tree cover and plenty of water. Lakes and lupine were some of the highlights. And... There was a small stream where we camped that had some native Brook trout in it. I was able to land three with my Tenkara rod. 😎
She Said: Just a spectacular day. Easy trail and short days make for leisurely breaks and early camp...super chill. There were plenty of reviews, water sources, and shade today. The only annoyance were the ants and mosquitoes...oh… and my bonus mile...lol...of course.