The tent was making eerie sounds as the wind pounded the side forcing it to lean and stretch pulling the poles from one extreme to the next. Let’s wait 30 more minutes and see if it calms down. After another hour it was time to move.
With all of our warm gear on with as much packed as possible we quickly had the tent down and packed. It was freezing!!!
The benefit of the cold was all the snow was again frozen and we had a chance for dry shoes. With the frozen snow came ice and the chance of sliding was brushing my conscious with every step.
Freezing cold and howling winds with moaning trees in the background I breathe in icy air as I stop for a sip of water. I take a moment and realize just how beautiful my surroundings are among the chaos of the weather around me. I only wish you were here for this moment as I believe at this instant you would have a clear understanding as to why I am on this journey.
Hours later and thousands of descending feet we move from pines, snow, and ice to cactus, sand, and rattlesnakes. The change in the landscape you experience in one day by walking is at times unbelievable…