Day 23 Segment 4/3/2
25.1mi 2,290ft Elevation Gain
I climbed out of the Wilderness area and started to hear gunshots. They grew louder and louder as I walked by the source. Guns — YEEEEHAW!
Aspen are the first to fill a forest after a fire. This grove appeared rather old with a canopy far over head. After the toasty exposed day I had yesterday the dappled shade was a welcome relief.
I don't know where the fire was but the smoke filled the sky. It didn't effect my breathing so I didn't much mind. I enjoyed the exaggerated atmospheric perspective.
The forests I passed through this day were all in various states of being maintained. The tree tops in a healthy ponderosa forest don't touch. Forest crews had come by and thinned the trees out. The ones that remained stood alone, only marred by a bright blue slash of spray paint. Fern Gully?
Just before getting to this sign a semi panicked solo hiker asked me if I had seen another southbound hiker. I was able to recognize and confirm that the hiker she was looking for was only a half mile ahead. Apparently her hiking partner had just quit and bailed on the 'little scraggy trail.' I wonder if this shoe had anything to do with it.
The trail was perfectly smooth — a roller coaster for mountain bikes.
I like areas like these — why not let locals pick the scraps for their homes?
The landscape shifted as I dropped lower and lower down. Beautiful large boulders were beautifully clustered together.
Finally some relief from all the blasting.
The birds were quiet and the sky was apocalyptic.
"Covenants Enforced" — Which covenants? Weird