Up early again (saw 4 shooting stars before I fell asleep, nice). Went on a water search in the other direction, but there was still no river access. Thanks again, quicksand! Tried going though the quicksand again but decided I didn't really want the Green River to claim me (it's buddy, North Carolina's Green River, tried to eat me alive in 2004. I have issues with rivers called 'Green'). (looking out my tent, below) Outdoor Wednesday
(above: this didn't totally come out like i planned, but the point was river vs. me..huh) It was looking like our only choice was to cut the hike short by a day. Which kind of pissed me off. So, we started walking back (I was quite grumpy)..and I noticed some tiny, itty bitty drops of water. Looked like there was a spring somewhere around. So, figured we'd give it a go. The picture is crap, but you get the point- it was barely dripping. I filtered around 15 liters. It took a bit of time but it was worth it. Chugged a bunch (tasted a little rock-y but overall it was fine) and went on our way.
(water source...barely dripping, but it got the job done!)
I was so relieved we found water , because now we could camp another night. This campsite was gorgeous - and again - not a person around. Awesome. After the tents were up, did a side hike to the inside of a crater. Reminded me of one of my favorite places in northern Arizona (Red Mountain). Fun spot with some scrambling - another of my favorite things, good stuff.
A Kangaroo Rat jumped on my tent at some point during the night and went into my shoes too. So, that was pretty cute. A lot more bats tonight also, and a couple more shooting stars. Perfect place.