Wednesday: (12/30) Back to the cold. 32 degrees this morning. Only 11 hikers for today’s hike. Once moving the cold wasn’t bad and after an hour or so the temperature improved and the rest of the hike was perfect.
We enjoyed lunch with a great view of the peaks across the ravine. I did pickup a hitchhiker, a tick probably during lunch. I thought it was too cold?
The caves were dryer today. Longer hikes bring out the best, hikers. We enjoyed a different hike today through some nicely forest riverbed areas followed with a good climb up the mountain and a nice lunch on top. We made great time.
My GPS track showed 10.8 miles with 2260 feet of overall elevation gain. Link to my GPS track. Another nice hike. The usual breakfast sandwich this morning. Trail lunch of tuna salad and crackers. Artichoke mushroom Parmesan cheese chicken over rice for dinner.