Derek’s Audiobook of the Week: “Beyond the Shadows” by Brent Weeks (Book 3 in The Night Angel Trilogy)
Today we slept in a little and took our time in the morning. Caitlin made coffee for the first time and socialized with a few other thru hikers for a bit while she did so. I stayed in the tent and took care of most of the morning chores. I didn’t mind though, since it was first time that I felt like Caitlin really got to hang out with other people she likes here on the trail. It’s important to me that she feels engaged with the thru hiker community, and today was a good start.
We’ve gradually begun to meet other thru hikers that we both like, and hopefully that trend continues as we make our way north. It’s hard to know who we’ll see again and who will disappear from our thru hiking lives forever, so making lasting friendships this early in the game is difficult. Other hikers with even a slightly faster or slower pace than us will be out of reach before we know it.
So it goes with life on the trail…
Anyway, the main novelty of today was that we got water from a horse trough for the first time. Actually, we got water from two horse troughs! The first was in the morning and the second was in the afternoon.
Luckily, both troughs had a faucet running into them, so we could collect the water before it got into the trough itself. This makes all the difference in the world in terms of taste and in terms of the probability of pathogen contamination. Of course, we still treated the water! Getting sick from bad water is something we hope to avoid on our hike, and so far so good.
The hiking today was basically more of the same kind of terrain we’ve been traveling through for the past few days. Nothing super novel at this point but still beautiful nonetheless.
In other news, Caitlin tried hiking in her shorts (with copious amounts of sunscreen) for the first time. Meanwhile, my legs are burnt to a crisp from doing the same thing for the last 6 days, minus the sunscreen. I’m hoping to not have to resort to wearing pants, but we’ll see. I’m going to try being a little more diligent with the sunscreen first and seeing how that goes.
Anyway, we just ate a lovely dinner of mac and cheese (while drinking the pasta water, yum!) at our little dry camp tonight. My stomach is full and my eyelids are getting heavy, so it’s time for bed!