I'll leave the rest to the pics and some captions. But i will say the most challenging part of the trail, aside from the mountiains we had to climb (the entire thing was basically peak to gap, over and over. The trail was rated "strenuous") was WATER. I believe there were only 4 spots along the trail where you could get water. And it wasn't a river, it was barely a trickle, only enough to pump into the filter.
She wasn't the only one exhausted. This is at the base of Mt Pilot, a ridiculous climb up to 5500 ft. We had to make it over to find water for the evening, and since we'd already done 10 miles, we opted to follow the road around the mountain.
Ok, so at the end of day 2, adam and zach wanted to call Mel to pick us up at one of the roads. I tried to talk them out of it, but they were set on it. This is adam on one of the phone call attempts. We eventually got ahold of her, but she couldn't find anyone to pick us up until 6pm. Realizing the trail got slightly easier, we opted to continue. YES!
Finished!!!! 38 total miles in 4 days!
The night before we left town we had a shishkabob dinner at the house, out on the back deck, sunset, and watermelon. It was perfect.