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What a great campsite last night! Some ravens followed us yesterday as we
hiked thru the sagebrush. Last evening, they entertained us. They were
very curious about our tent and us. They did fly-overs every few minutes
to check us out, squawking to each other. Probably about a dozen of them.
They kept it up for hours, until it was too dark to fly. What were they
saying? "Yep, they are still there." "No new movements." "The guy is
wandering around (taking photos)."
We had a broad view across the sagebrush. Sunset, with the lingering
clouds, was beautiful. We laid in the tent talking about the day and what
the next day would bring. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.
Up early as usual. Not far to hike, but the dirt road our vehicle was on
could be impassable if it rained in the afternoon. It was still cold in
the morning (we were still at 6600 feet elevation). Clear skies, as usual
in the morning.
We quickly reached the forest boundary then Winter Rd. A surprise there: a
guy was fixing espresso for some thrus. The 2 hikers were a brother/sister
team whose journal we had been following. They had slowed down their pace
because they had a set date on plane reservations, so we caught up. We had
fun chatting with them and sharing stories of the trail.
We walked on. Pinyon juniper forest dominated the area on the plateau. We
dipped in and out of small drainages. As we lost elevation, we saw more
and more flowers. Reds, yellows, blues, strewn among thick grasses or red
soil. This was our third time hiking this passage and we had never seen it
look so beautiful. Needless to say, it took a while to hike thru this as
we both tried to capture the images.
Eventually, we headed down a drainage then out on open slopes for the first
of the endless switchbacks down to the trailhead. Happy to be done, sad to be
finished (does this only make sense to another hiker?).
We gave a ride to the brother/sister hikers to Page. Sat at a frozen
yogurt store and enjoyed our first taste of civilization with them.
Then off to Kanab for our celebration night. We cleaned up and went out to
the nicest restaurant we could find. Tomorrow we have to get back to
normal calories, but that's for tomorrow!