Beautiful Alpin Glow

Friday July 19, 2019

19.3 miles

I woke up during the night and just wanted to go home. I missed my men, both Jim and Berkley. I was really feeling fatigued at the end of the day. I started my period and didn’t have any feminine products and it was just super messy. But I got up and hiked on.

It was in the upper 30’s this morning when SOULFLOWER woke me up at 5am. I got ready super fast and was hiking 30 minutes later at a fast clip to try and warm up. My hands were so cold it was painful to pack up my gear. It was hours later before they warmed up.

We had more lava fields to cross again today. We did them in the early morning sunshine, but since it was early it was still chilly. At least we managed to avoid going through them in the heat of the day. We had a 15 mile stretch today with out water as we exited camp this morning. I left with 2 liters that I didn’t finish before arriving at Big Lake Youth Camp. I haven’t been drinking enough the last 2 days since it has been so cool.

As we are hiking SOULFLOWER tells me she is considering getting of trail and going home. Her left achilles is bothering her and she wants to make sure it is well before heading out next month to hike the Sierras on the John Muir Trail.

We arrive at Big Lake youth camp around 12:30pm to pick up resupply packages, take showers and do laundry before heading back out on trail.

SOULFLOWER decides to get off here and to go home. She originally thought she may only hike to this area anyway. I want to go with her and seriously consider it. I miss Berkley so much and hate to be away from him for so long. I know he just doesn’t understand. Plus I’m on my period and I have a horrible rash/blisters on my hands that I thought was from the sun, but I’m really not sure. I call Jim crying. He is my rock. I love this guy so much. He calms me down as he always does and I’m back on the trail.

I will miss continuing on without her. She is always a ray of sunshine on a rainy day.

These blisters on my hands seemed to pop up last night. They don’t seem to itch or hurt. I hope I didn’t make a mistake by getting off the trail. They are only on a small section on both hands.

Once we get in camp and I start to set up my tent. One of my trekking poles breaks and one of my cuticles starts to bleed. I hope this isn’t an omen that I should have quit. We glue the trekking pole back together with some superglue that SHORTCUT had in her emergency kit and I dry the bloody cuticle with some TP. The superglue was a very stickie and we both end up with it all over our fingers.

Now to brush my teeth then off to bed. It’s supposed to get down to the low 40’s tonight.

3 thoughts on “Beautiful Alpin Glow

  1. I can’t get over how stunning the scenery is. When you get home, if you feel like it, I’d love to hear your comparison of the PCT vs. the AT. Seems like it is an entirely different monster, with different highlights and obstacles. The scarcity of water has always scared me from wanting to try the PCT.

    That rash doesn’t look good. It seems like when it rains, it pours…and you’ve had a lot converging all at once.

    Adventures are fun, but there is no place like home.

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  2. The photos are amazing, Amy! Reminds us of your AT trek! But they are also rugged hills. Trust you are being careful. Thanks for taking the time to share these with us all!
    Chip and Linda

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