September 11, 2013
The Knife to the Weminuche Wilderness Boundary
Again I awoke to the sound of rain on my tent. It was exactly the sound I did not want to hear. I rolled over and went back to sleep hoping it would be better when I woke back up. It wasn't. I knew I needed to get at least halfway to the pass today so at 7:45 despite the weather I was up with all my soggy clothes on and hiking.
The weather for the morning was much the same as yesterday, but a bit milder. In fact, there were a few times the sky brightened, and along with it my hopes, before darkening again and returning to rain.
Around noon things really did start to improve as the sun actually peaked out from behind the clouds and gave me back my shadow! It was off and on with the clouds and sun and rain for a while until the rain actually stopped and the sun won the day. It was glorious! I have never been so happy to see the sun. For the first time in two days my clothes dried out and it was grand. The hiking in the afternoon was pretty mellow, first a little up, then a little down. I was definitely pushing the pace as much as I could to get as close to the highway as possible. I'm somewhat sad to say that I didn't actually get many views the past couple days due to the weather and staring at the ground while hiking as fast as I could manage, but I guess I'll just have to put this on my list of places to come back to in the future.
Tonight I am less than 3 miles from the pass and can actually hear some vehicles down below. Normally I wouldn't like the sound, but it is quite comforting knowing that I am so close and will be in town tomorrow. I have had to ration and stretch my food I make it last an extra day so I am eager to eat a giant breakfast once in Pagosa.