out of the vortex

Day 36

With last night's festivities, we woke up late, tired, and groggy. We had a grand ol' night, but were happy we turned in before everyone else, because we couldn't have imagined being in any worse shape to hike in! The Andersons sure do know how to make a hiker feel at home.

We packed up, got some breakfast, and sat around with everyone waiting for a chance to get a ride to the trail. Around noon, Terrie gave us a ride to the trailhead, and we were off once again.

It was nice being with a pack of hikers, hanging out and relaxing, but we are happy to be back on the trail and once again hiking North.

The day was overcast and cool, and with clouds threatening to rain-- we were happy it hasn't (yet... Cross your fingers!). The best part about today? We broke 500 miles! Yippee! Next mile marker will be in a few hundred when we have less than 2,000 to go.

Tonight we rest soundly and prepare for the Mojave Desert ahead. We could see the low, flat, desolate desert over the mountains, and all I could think of is the voice of the desert calling out "I'm waiting for you".