Grand Lake (1194.9) to Never Summer Wilderness (1212.9)
I had all the best intentions of taking a leisurely day hike in the nearby Rocky Mountain National Park. The US postal service had other plans for me. Leki kindly sent me a replacement pole for the one I broke several days earlier. But the postal service hadn’t sorted their mail in the morning. So I took the day off and relaxed in the town of Grand Lake. The pole was waiting for me in the afternoon, thank you Leki.
Lucky and I had no intention of leaving town early. An all you can eat buffet breakfast followed by an early lunch had me sufficiently loaded with calories. We navigated a road walk out of town followed by some back trails that slowly had had us climbing. The views were limited by the tree cover until we hiked above 11000ft. The views opened up as the air got thinner.
By 6pm we started to plan where we might camp. Hopefully near water. But I started feeling sick. I was ready to vomit. My hands started shaking. I’ve felt like this many times in the past and knew exactly what was going on. I had depleted all the stores of energy from my body. I completely bonked. Having eaten so much before leaving town I wasn’t hungry while hiking. I stopped, forced some chocolate in my mouth, drank some water and waited to feel fine. Twenty minutes later I was full of energy and heading down to camp.
We reached camp around 7pm. I got a fire going and Lucky cooked us some Hot Dogs for dinner. We planned a luxury campfire meal for our first night. I felt so much better after eating 3 Hot Dogs covered in tomato sauce (ketchup) and mustard.
We looked at our maps and were surprised to find we had hiked 18 miles during the afternoon. That’s a lot more than we thought we might do. I guess if we keep it up we’ll be in Wyoming sooner than we think.