Starting location: Rock Creek
Ending location: Jefferson Creek
Distance: 14 miles
Elevation gained: 1200 ft
Photo: Kenosha pass, hazy from the fires
1 word summary of the day: trail magic!
Nice hiking today through some great aspen groves, and I also got some views of the snow-capped (just barely) mountains! Unfortunately the views were a little hazy even with bright blue skies due to the effects of all of the wildfires in the region. Luckily they have most of the fires well contained now, and none are too close to the trail. But it is still very hot and dry ... Hard to adjust to coming from Toronto's humidity, and it's impacting me a lot more than the other hikers who all live around here and are used to the dryness.
Today I received my first trail magic on the trail. Trail magic is when strangers just give you stuff because you are a thru-hiker! I got down to the trailhead after Kenosha Pass with Just Ben and Cynthia, and this guy asked if we were thru-hikers and when we said yes he pulled out a couple of cold diet cokes and lemonade from a cooler and offered them to us! Apparently his son hiked the trail a couple of years ago and received some of his own trail magic so now his dad tries to pay it forward. Awesome!
Hikes another 6 miles after Kenosha Pass and am now camped by Jefferson Creek. Tomorrow will be an early start I think as there's a big climb ahead, and it's always better to do that in the morning when it's cooler. Then one more day after that and I get to my first resupply town of Breckenridge where I'll pick up more food and have a rest day.
No bear sighting yet, but have seen deer, elk, rabbits and the usual squirrels and chipmunks.