I took 2 Tylenol PMs and couldn’t get up this morning. My nails were looking grody so I cut them. They’re still dirty. Not just at the tips. There’s dirt inside my cuticles. Like embedded in the skin. I need warm water and soap to get that clean. Not a squirt of ice cold water followed by a dollop of hand sanitizer. Also my thumb is doing that weird thing again. There’s a gross cut that happens when my skin gets too dried out. The cut never heals and it stings like hell whenever I have to do something with my right thumb. Which is seriously 5 times a second. I used to get the same cut when I was bike touring. It was especially awful at Grand Canyon. My disgusting thumb cut will always be what I remember most about Grand Canyon.
I started the day off with 10 miles of uphill walking.
Oh gnats, you’re the worst get out of my eye.
I hope my long flowing leg hairs will protect me from the poison oak.
I got to Lookout Rock and looked out.
Got to the road around 5:30 and got a ride from KC in his big truck. That’s pretty much all that people drive around here. Big beard, dog tags dangling from the mirror.
I bought too much of everything at the little store. They had an impressive collection of candy. I was stupidly excited to find a Chickostick. Then I went wandering up the road being indecisive. A woman yelled off her balcony, “Are you a PCT hiker? Are you hungry? Do you eat steak?” Yes, I do!
Kelly and her daughter and friends were staying in a funky tilted cabin for the weekend. She fixed me a plate of steak and asparagus and potatoes. Then she said I could take a shower too. Why are people so nice? It was amazing. My feet were so dirty in the shower. My legs too. Before I left, I helped Kelly out by eating a lot of donuts and these delicious flavored marshmallows.I played with the herd of chihuahuas. And one German Shepherd.
My trail angel said I could stay but that felt like asking too much. I left and walked by Buck’s Lake at sunset. I wanted to camp by the lake but it was ringed by cabins. No lights on. I could probably get away with a sneaky camp. I came to the resort and the guy working there said he’d give me a ride up to the trailhead. I meant to set up right at the trailhead but I ended up walking another couple miles. I like night hiking.