Date: April 15, 2017
Miles: 56 – 71
“When I think about that sunrise that I woke up to that morning, I just feel like I got as close to nowhere as I could get, and found out that it was more of a place than anywhere I’ve been in a long time.” ~ Hank Green
I got up a little early today to watch the sun come up. I can’t remember the last time I did that.
We walked about a mile to a water source so we could fill up for the 11 or so mile waterless stretch ahead. Henrik from Denmark joined us this morning and he just stood staring at the algae tinged American stream muttering, ‘Oh, this is so gross. Denmark is nothing like this. Look at all the bacteria.” We tried to make him feel better by pointing out that this was way better than the horse trough we filtered from yesterday, but he wasn’t buying it. America, the land of the free, the brave, and the disappointingly un-European water.
A bunch of people had gathered there to fill up and chill out until the sun went down a bit, including Kris Kringle, a 23 year old who is carrying two belts, a taser, a survival book, hairspray, a giant baseball bat shaped flashlight, waterproofing spray and a five pound bag of wet wipes…all “just in case”. He said he has been killing snakes for food and filtering his water through a sock. I’m not sure how much of that I believe, but it doesn’t matter. It’s entertaining.
We hiked another 5 miles after that and made camp. Tomorrow we descend into the San Felipe Valley and the heat of the desert.