Continuing on from where I left off:
Wednesday Alec woke me up a little early and we, along with some other guys, began the tenuous 10km round trip hike to get water. It took almost 2 hours, but we got the water. Just about everybody tried to clean up a little bit because we were going to see the ladies today. We hiked down .5km or so and met the girls. Two trips were offered, one trip was going west to look at pottery, the other east to see what was out there.
Like I was saying, there were two groups, one wet east and the other west. For whatever reason, all the guys went west and all the girls went east. I suspect it was because the girls went on their day hike the day before and the guys went east. In any event, the guys hike was nice. We hiked about 3km round trip. When we got back, we had about an hour until solo time. Pretty much everybody hung out, panting and lying in the sun until 2pm when solo time began. Solo was 2 hours long. I started recounting the events of my trip then; however, I only managed to write up a few days. I spent the rest of the time:
- Watching the clouds move
- Watching the sun move
- Watching a cessna fly below me
- Peeing twice
- Eating a candy bar; and
- Reflection of the previous days.
After solo time was over we pretty much immediately started making dinner. Our group had lasagna with meat sauce. I call it "crap in a box." I also helped Saul’s group make their dinner. After dinner, we hiked back down to where we met the girls earlier that day. We all sat in a big circle. As before, the details of the circle stay inside, however, there are some things I would like to log. To honor the circle, the log entry will be encrypted.
<– Begin encrypted section –> Passcode: Alpha-Charlie
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Version: PGPfreeware 6.5.8
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After camp fire, Rob told a few stories about Skinwalkers and the Anasazi. I went to bed early, planning on waking up early the next morning to hike out.
Thursday morning we did wake up early due to potential rainfall. We literally just put our stuff in our bags and ran down the mountain, no breakfast or anything. Although I did have some pudding from the night before. After everybody was off the mountain, we expunged our trash and pilled into the cars and headed southeast and then northeast to National Monument. We looked at the jewelry and had lunch. I bought a sterling silver cross and had a mini Navajo Taco. We booked towards Phoenix to avoid the somewhat solid form of precipitation in favor of the liquid version. We ate a pizza place where upon seeing the size of our group, one of the waiters took the Lords name in vain. We watched the NCAA Slam Dunk contest and all was good. We set up camp in a state park. It rained pretty much all night long and into the morning.
Friday morning we woke up to rain.