Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August 18, 2013

August 18, 2013
Creeklet to ridge
30.5 miles
Today was a good day. Shade was provided by both trees and clouds for most of the day, which kept the heat down, and the trail once again crossed above 10,000' a couple times today. Much of the hiking was along the divide itself and it appears that Colorado is but a hop, skip, and a jump away. It blows me away that it can be so warm here at 10,000' and there is no snow in sight. It is a stark contrast to the Cascade Range, many of which have glaciers that remain on their flanks or peaks year round. 
I decided not to push hard today since there is no real reason to get anywhere by a certain time. I set up camp at 7pm and am enjoying a longer time in camp than usual. It's quite nice to relax while on trail and have a little extra time in camp before it gets dark. 
I just remembered that this weekend is the spectacular Asai campout at Lost Lake! Oh how nice it would have been to make it this year. Between the wine tasting, potluck, as well as kayaking on the lake, swimming, fishing, picking huckleberries, and maybe a little day hike, there is a good time to be had by all. Perhaps next year I'll get to enjoy it once again. 
But I digress... On to Colorado!

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