Today was about as exciting as a $1 bill. The vegetation consisted of burnt out forests and blazing heat. The water was spread out and the hiking was dusty. I'm trying to think of something to share but it was just one of those days. I have noticed that the deer in this area are a different color than any deer I've seen in the country. They have underlying brown and tan tones but are all covered with a grey splotches. In some cases they are almost completely grey. Weird, I haven't looked up why they are greyish.
At the end of the day there was a nice climb and I plummeted into dense coniferous forests on the other side of the pass. The night culminated in a pretty nice campsite on a lake. Everyone is here and we all ate dinner together. I'm just excited by the mileage on days like this - supposedly I hiked 31 miles from 7:30 to 7:00. I have my doubts but if that is what everyone is calculating I'm more than happy to agree.