Day 28 – Back Across the Mesa

Today we headed the 10 miles back to Spring Creek Pass. There was one big uphill, then a cruisy flat/downhill to the trailhead.


My biggest concern about the uphill (3 miles) was that I had no more preworkout. We have consistently mixed up a preworkout drink each morning for our climb uphill. But yesterday, for the very first time, I double dipped. I did so knowing that today I would have nothing to help me up that long climb.

A cool wind blowing up the valley kept us moving until we found a rocky seat to hide. I don’t even bother to bring a brush with me for this section, I never use it. But as some point each morning I catch sight of a picture with all of my flyaways and rebraid my hair.

The Never Ending Mesa

When we hiked out, I thought that Snow Mesa was really cool. We hiked up, up, up and then it was so incredibly large and flat on top. It turns out that when that long flat mesa is standing between you and town, it’s not nearly as interesting- just never ending.

Lake City

We hit the trailhead just as the the daily pickup truck ride to town (12:30 pm) and thunderstorm hit. It was a relief to climb in our car and avoid the cold rain.

I love visiting Lake City. It has shops and restaurants, but almost no traffic. We were lucky enough to score a cancellation at the Matterhorn Motel, while most of the hikers ended up at a place called the Bushwack. There is a hiker hostel in town, but it looks tiny.

Sadly it’s always chores first – shower, laundry, dry things out, wash clothes – before the relaxing part.

And we are really good at immediately trashing our hotel room.

BUT, we finally got to do what we have been dream about for weeks. Watch a movie and eat popcorn. And chips with queso and salsa. And chocolate.

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