Saturday, June 2, 2012

May 30th Golden Oaks Spring

Mile 583
Seventeen miles to get here today. It took most of the day and I arrived here a bit after six. The first bit was a 2,500 foot climb and later there was another 700 foot climb. It was a nice day, though when out of the wind it was a bit toasty.

The original plan for today was to hike to this spring, water up and walk another mile or so to a saddle which looks to have camping spots. The reason for this extra mile is because from this spot, the next water is 19 miles away - dang! Since we didn't go on tonight, tomorrow will be a killer long day.

BTW, if I ever think its a good idea to take off four days in a row, someone slap me please. Or alternatively, you could just remind me how hard it is to get back into the flow of hiking, especially with a full pack and four plus liters of water. That many days off was a major mistake, one I will try not to repeat.

Tonight I cooked up one of my gnocchi meals only to find the dumplings have soured and were uneatable. It looks like all of my meals that had gnocchi as a base will have to have instant rice or ramen switched out. Bummer that. I thought for sure if I vacuum sealed the food it would keep as long as it said on the original package. Oh well, live and learn. It's going to be a long time till breakfast.

We are surrounded by big commercial wind generators. It's kind of spooky to walk in and among them as they tower over humans and the sound is odd and a bit disconcerting. I can certainly see why people would not like to live too near them as the noise is constant. I don't imagine the wildlife would like it either. Yet, the places where there is near constant wind (like here) and are not near human habitation would seem to be the logical place to put them.

I was so sluggish today I didn't take many photos but I do have one of the white beasts.

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