118.9 to 132.4
6 am rolls around and I get up. We have to be at the bus stop in 35 minutes. The bus stop is right outside our hotel so we don’t have to walk far. I finish packing up my stuff and get some water. I catch up on some writing and schedule some posts to be published while we are traipsing in the woods with moose and bears.
I’m having issues getting pictures to upload. The 4G service is spotty and uploading 1 picture can take almost 30 minutes. I am currently in Twin Lakes and heading to Monarch Crest tomorrow. Monarch Crest is tiny and probably won’t have Wi-Fi. After that we are heading to Silverton. I most likely won’t be able to post until then. By our guess Silverton is about 12 days away at earliest. Sorry for the delay. I blame Verizon.
Today is going to be a short post. We didn’t do any hiking today bit we did do some walking. We got breakfast across the streer at the Butterhorn Cafe. I gkt a breakfast burrito. It was OK. I’ve had better.
100.8 Horseshoe Gulch to 104.1
I heard Songbird get up. Around 445. I looked over ans didn’t see 5 Star getting up. I waited a bit more before getting up. As I was just about to get out of my tent Songbird went over and woke up 5 Star. We finished packing and took off. The e miles was pretty easy since it was all down hill.
74.7 Guernsey Creek to 100.8 Horseshoe Gulch
It rained for a long time. I fell asleep around 8 and woke up several times to it still raining. Some time towards the middle of the night it finally stopped. I heard 5 Star and Songbird rustling around. I checked my phone and it was 4am. What the heck! Way too early.
Mile 55 to 74.7 Guernsey Creek
I tossed and turned several times but I slept ok. Although, by the time I finished yesterdays post it was 11 pm and the pine cone alarm went off at 5am. Needless to say I was a tired hiker. The good news being we had a pretty easy day ahead of us. When I woke up I had to pee really bad. I didn’t want to jump out of my tent just yet since it was quite cold. I packed up my stuff and slowly transitioned everything outside so I could tear down my tent. I then ran (hobbled) to the nearest pine tree. Sweet steamy relief. I have come close to doing the Ziploc bag method but I’m still worried about holes or spillage. I’ll let you figure out what the method entails.
Mile 36.8 to mile 55.0
I didn’t sleep great last night. I tossed and turned all night. I hoped being tired, not feeling good, and a melatonin would knock me out. Around 5:15 I woke up to a pine cone hitting my tent. I was so tired. On the plus side my stomach didn’t hurt. I sat up and slowly started to pack my stuff away. It was about 52° so it wasn’t too cold.
Mile 18.9 to 36.8
Last night was a full moon. It was so bright! I didn’t sleep very well. I tossed and turned all night. 5:20 am rolls around and I see 5 Star getting up. I start packing up and eat a Belvita biscuit. About 100 feet away is a buck and a small doe. Grazing by the trail. They kept an eye out for us but basically ignored us as they made their way up alongside the trail.
Mile 0 Waterton to 18.9 near South Platte River
5:30 rolls around. I wake up to the 5 Star alarm clock. I sure did miss that. I carefully crawl out of the bunk bed and onto the floor. I eat a bagel, banana, and bacon. A 3 B breakfast. Allen offered to drive us to the trailhead and so we head outside and see one of those short shuttle buses. Awesome!
Sorry for the lack of pictures. I’m having issues uploading pictures for some reason. I didn’t take many for this day anyways. I’m hoping when I get Wi-Fi in Frisco I will be able to upload.
My flight was at 7am from Phoenix to Denver. Getting up at 5 was a bit hard. Which isn’t a good sign since the 5 Star alarm goes off at 5am. I scrambled and finished packing all my gear. My parents were a bit early and I still had a few things to do before heading out for a month.