AZT Day 18. The Trail Provides. October 21, 2016
Mile 233.6 to Double Springs Campground (closed), mile 258.4
Total miles: 219.1
A few days ago another AZT hiker ahead of me messaged me that I could have the water he cached. He gave me detailed descriptions of where to find it. I got to the first place and found a jug. But it said it was for Sequoia. I had no idea if this was the guy’s trail name. So I sat down and messaged him. While I was waiting for a reply Micah came walking up to his truck. We talked about the AZT and then he said he would go to his trailer just down the road and get me a gallon of water.
By the time he got back I had heard back from Sequoia. That was him and the water was mine. Micah brought me back a can of sockeye salmon and some crackers. It looked delicious. Neither of us had a can opener but I took it anyway. I knew I would get it opened somehow.
As I walked I thought about my options. My little Swiss army knife is way too little and I’m sure I would cut myself trying. Then I thought about my tent stakes and a rock. I’m pretty sure I could get it open with that.
At 11:30 I sat down on the side of the dirt road I had been walking on. I had seen no vehicles and didn’t expect to. I rinsed off two different types of tent stakes. I set the can and stakes down and got out my camera. Just before I snapped the photo I heard a truck coming my way. I quickly moved my stuff completely off the road. 2 men had been out cutting firewood and their truck was full. I asked them if they had a can opener. The driver got out and looked at the can. Then he went back into the truck and returned with a knife. He said “I’m Mexican” and pointed to the knife and can. He doesn’t need a can opener. He gets one of the ultralight life principles…. multi use!
The salmon and crackers were delicious.
When I got close to Mormon Lake I started salivating at the idea of a steak. I just had to get there. And I did. The steak, potato and beer at the bar was perfect. The shower was pretty divine also.
Sounds like a perfect day – salmon for lunch and steak for dinner with a little hiking in between!!!
I definitely got my protein that day.
Oh, what a day! (the opening photo is beautiful)
The people make the journey. Taking chances and reaping rewards!
Just got caught up with your major blog upload. Wow! Looks like a great hike.
I hope you liked the photo of Bobbie leaping across the creek.
I’m enjoying learning about an area I know little about. The pictures are gorgeous……rock and aspens my favs. I sense a peace and rhythm on this trail. Random question I have been meaning to ask ……. when you go stoveless how do you make your Via?
Even when I have a stove I make my via with cold water. It’s way less hassle in the mornings.
Im glad you didn’t use your puny knife
There would have been blood. I just wished I knew more Spanish than gracias.