Another cold, cold night. Every morning I say to Whippet, “I think last night was my coldest night on the trail so far.” And every day I think it’s true! Last night was a hard freeze—somewhere in the mid-20s. I had a hard time getting my shoes on, because they were hard frozen after yesterday’s walk through the river. I decided it was too cold to hike in shorts & kept my long johns on underneath (not hiking in shorts is a big step for me!). I also started the day in my hiking shirt, my merino wool pullover, and my puffy jacket and gloves.
Today was more rough, rocky trail—we are both tired of the rocks, and there was a fair amount of grumbling about the *!#%* rocks. BUT at the end of today was a town! Every step was closer to Parker, town food, and sleeping in a bed … that knowledge made even the rough, rocky trail seem better. Plus, the sun came out and we even got some nice views. My favorite view of the day, though, was Parker and the RAV-4 waiting for us on the side of the road to drive us to a cabin in Pine. A cabin that has hot pizza, cold beer and a glorious shower.
The down side of returning to civilization is hearing that COVID-19 is still wreaking havoc. I’ve just learned that The Grand Canyon has closed its trails, including the 21-mile section of the AZT that crosses the inner corridor. I’m going to take a zero day tomorrow to figure out exactly what that means for my hike. Tonight I’m going to revel in being clean for the first time in 9 days, as I sleep on a bed, in a house with a heater.
*I discovered the wind chime pictured below when I stepped off trail a bit for a “bio break.” I thought it was a cool little find.
The tag on it reads: “Words in the Wind: You have found an inspiration bell. It is yours to keep, or to pass on to someone in need of hope. This bell is handmade from clay, and can hang outdoors. The words carried in the wind spread goodwill and compassion to all. It is our hope that it will inspire kindness to others and hope for the future.”
Daily Miles: 15.7
Total Miles: 462.5