Note: post from here on will not be edited as thoroughly as previous one. Please excuse any typos and grammar errors. I simply do not have he time to do so on trail and/or in town. I will edit them after the trip. I hiked thru miles 500 today. This is the equivalent of hiking the Colorado Trail (Denver to Durango). It is cool to think... I still have over 2000 miles to hike before I reach Canada. This makes me happy, as I would not be ready for this adventure to end anytime soon.
What doesn't make me happy are all of the flies. Yesterday before arriving at camp, they were pretty active. Today was no different. They drove me crazy. Luckily I am having a bug net sent to Kennedy Meadows (KM) (a couple weeks ahead of where I currently am). This should change the game for me. Also, I should note, the flies after KM are much worse than what I am experiencing now. So bad in fact that they force many hikers off the trail. Hopefully, by being a little early in the season, I will miss the swarm of mosquitos many hikers experience (I am 3ish weeks ahead of prime hiking season in the Sierras).
After a few miles of hiking this morning, I reached an area with good cell service. I took some time to order a new Backpack! The Osprey Atmos 65 (liters). It will be shipped to KM. Also I texted home a list of items to send to KM for the Sierras (a lot of snow/warmer gear).
My water source this morning was a Guzzler. It was a little awkward to fill from, but it was very nice to be in the shade.
Reached mile 500 around 12:45, took a few pictures then continued on. It was VERY hot and I was ready for a break in the shade. While working on this blog, my music cut out. I went to the music app to see what happened and... All of my music was gone. I spent the next hour troubleshooting. It was hopeless and I was pretty bummed.
The last bit of the day was gorgeous. I did my best to appreciate it, but the thought of not having music for the next 4 months was on my mind.
Arrived at the water source, to find the group eating dinner. I relax and make some food. After resupplying on water, Leah and I walked the last 2 miles of the day. On the way, I told Leah what had happened. She had no clue what happened either, but suggested I get Spotify premium. Problem solved... At least it will be once I find some wifi to download the music for offline use.
It was a very warm evening and night. I think the low was 61 degrees. Also, the bugs never stopped... Continuous all day long.