I only had half a day of hiking to make it to Monarch Pass so last night I decided that I’d sleep as long as I wanted in the morning. I was up and out of bed before 6am. Damn body clock. It was cold outside, maybe 20F, well below freezing. The cabin was still warm.
I threw another log on the fire, warmed myself and set off. I cleaned the cabin a little, enough to leave it in better shape than I found it. I followed the trail up, down and around the winding ridges. There was quite a bit of snow to still cross but the cold overnight temps froze it solid.
It wasn’t long before I made it to my destination, Monarch Pass. Apparently I missed the trail magic, 24 beers were set in snow next to the trail. I suspect they melted their way into the snow enough for me to miss them. I devoured a couple of hot dogs at the cafe at Monarch Pass.
I hitch hiked into the town of Salida. Weed is legal in Colorado. So I was told by the wasted stoner who picked me up. I was lucky to make it to Salida. Weed is legal and taxed, the tax dollars go to the schools. The schools are rolling in the money like never before, apparently.
Thermometer made it to town several hours behind me. He also missed the trail magic. We devoured a pizza and some craft beer. We both decided to take some rest in the town of Salida.