Woke up early since I decided I didn't need my sleeping pad last night. Tequila will do that to you.
Had some pancakes and sausage before leaving. Russ and Young Gun were still sleeping when I left.
It was hot but breezy as I climbed up and over the pass. Still feeling the partying from the night before, I took breaks often. It felt like I was sleepwalking most of the day.
I finally reached the next water source, Tule Spring. After a 2 hour break I started back up the hill only to see Russ on the way down. Still wanting to get more miles in, I said goodbye as thunder cracked overhead. Soon it started raining. Then it was slush falling from the sky. I put my parka over my pack and hid under a tree and waited. A few hikers went by; Damsel and her dog Lucy went by with Young Gun.
The rain went on for about 30 minutes and then I decided to pull out my raincoat. That's when the weather stopped. It always works that way.
After changing into a dry shirt, I hiked on for a few miles. I could even seeing Russ in his red coat way down below in the Tule Creek campsite. Soon I found nice level ground to make camp. The plants looked do different after it rained. I wandered around the wet desert landscape searching for the perfect camping spot.
After setting up the tent and a big dinner I was watching the full moon rise to the east. The air smelled of sage. I drifted off to sleep as soon as my bag was zipped.