had a nice slow and warm morning at the Fireside Inn. ate breakfast, grabbed sandwiches for lunch, and made all final preparations for departure.
the weather has started to change and this will be the beginning of a couple weeks of lots of rain.
we dropped off a package to send home to the post office and got on the Summit Stage bus by the gondola. the trail picks up at Gold Hill.
at this point I'm feeling cold and nervous about the incoming storms and sad to be leaving the comforts of town with a HEAVY backpack. I might have been fighting back tears the entire hike.
the trail out is pretty miserable, there is lots of beetle kill trees and deforestation, along with giant construction vehicles clearing out the forest. luckily, C is motivated and is keeping me moving and trying to keep my head up.
our campsite is underneath the Ten Mile Range. we get to sleep early, due to rain.
not my pic (if I had taken one it would've been grey and wet and sad)