Day 6 - Segment 23/22
25.1 Miles 4,477ft Elevation Gain
I set up my tent in the shadow of a mountain, so I didn't have the luxury of being warmed by the morning sun when I got out.
In the morning the sky was cloudless. I was unprepaired for such beautiful weather. I tipped my hat low to shield my face. At high elevations the sun has a special way of spanking your skin.
I hiked at high elevation all day. The views were breathtaking. Pictures don't really do it justice.
The clouds built up all morning and brought on and off relief from the sun. What a major difference the sun makes. It was shining when I got to the high point. I was hot. I took my shirt off and celebrated. Then shortly after the sky closed up and it was time to put on some layers.
I hiked out with a cold one just for this occasion. Best part was... it actually stayed cold.
Its all down hill from here.
You might be able to see a cyclist pushing his bike uphill in the middle of this photo. He was not a happy camper.
After a good high point celebration I was in a great mood and flew down the trail. I was jamming out to some good tunes and enjoying the views.
Its a rather barren moonscape up here.
This tree was the largest plant I saw in hours.
The views all around are a bit more interesting.
Selfie to check on degree of sun spankage.
I guess slumgullion is a made up name that describes something that's a mixture of everything... like a clean out the fridge soup. Which sounds pretty good about now.