Monday July 31st, 2017
We slept in a bit (a decision we'd lament later) and slowly starting to move around 8. We had done such huge mileage the previous day that we were bone tired and undermotivated. I chatted with Happy Feet while T walked to the front entrance of the park which was about 3/4 of a mile away, to get shower tokens. He came back with hot coffee (and the tokens) which was a huge bonus, and then he showered while we charged our phones and I zoned out for a while trying to rub lotion into my calloused and peeling feet. We finally packed up around 10 and headed over to the post office to mail a box and do one more run at Ammirati's Market. It was so hot that I was feeling nauseous from even the short walk over. I wondered if it might be because I hadn't eaten real food in a while (only candy since the previous night) so we picked up two sandwiches, a burrito, chips, and Gatorade and sprawled in the shade in the grass in front of the market.
Originally we were planning to hit the trail at 11 but it was so hot, over 100 degrees with a projected high of 106, that we decided to wait out the heat of the day and I would do blog catch-up and T could make some phone calls and catch up on news and social media. At this point we really wished we had left at 7 and were siesta-ing by a creek instead of the side of the road but that's not always how it happens. We met new hikers including a girl DK and Tofu, who were both also on the lawn sorting out their resupply.
We eventually left at 4pm, stopping to pay for our campsite from the night before on
the way out. It started with a huge climb, and we eventually breaked to do dinner by a creek. We continued climbing after dinner as darkness set in, filling our water bottles in a buggy creek for lack of better options.
We had magnificent views of the Castle Crags rock formations as the sun set and eventually by moonlight, and the air never really cooled so it was kind of like a spa/steam room treatment plus views, of course this was while carrying packs and huffing and puffing uphill lest you think we were relaxing. We finally stopped at a campsite on a ridge/cliff, finding a not-too-steep-but-definitely-not-flat spot, and called it at 11pm, disappointed with our 10 mile day but happy to have found a ridge with a view.