Daily Miles: 22
Total Miles: 2043
Our first waypoint this morning was a tire trough about a mile and a half from where we camped. We looked all around for the trough, but couldn’t find it. It was very weird, since we have never had a problem finding a water source that was listed as being on trail. But, we eventually gave up and kept walking since the next water source was not very far.
Today was a complete turn around from yesterday in terms of the wind. Instead of being windy, it was completely still. The lack of breeze made it feel even more sweltering hot. Even at 8:30am, we were commenting on how hot it was. At least Beardoh was able to use his umbrella again.
We have been seeing a lot of rabbits on the trail lately. They are pretty big and have really long ears that stick straight up. We have seen some run so fast it is hard to imagine any predator being able to catch them.
There was almost no shade again today, so we made sure to take a break whenever we saw a decent shady spot. The breaks from the sun were always welcome.
This afternoon, we were surprised to see a silver umbrella coming towards us on the trail. It was a woman doing a section hike from the border to Grants. She seemed to be a bit stressed out with the heat and being concerned about water availability. We tried to reassure her that there was lots of water on the trail until Lordsburg. Hopefully she will settle into her hike and be able to enjoy herself.
We stopped to camp around 6:30pm. As it started to cool off, we decided to make up some hot cocoa. We were probably interested in it because we were still hungry, but we had both finished our daily allotment of food. It was nice to sit and drink our hot cocoa as we watched the sunset behind the mountains. It is so still and quiet here…it is good to enjoy it since we only have a few more days here.