We got up all early and stuff again, just around sunrise. Started a 10 mile hike at 0900, after a fairly leisurely breakfast. We were in the shade the first couple of miles and it was pretty cold, but luckily it was all uphill which helped me not freeze too much. Despite being mid December, there were some awesome fall colors surrounding us.
Lots of towhees, hermit thrushes and Mexican Jays, a few White-throated Swifts. Saw some mule deer also. (the birds from the top: Verdin, Roadrunner, Hermit Thrush)
Ate lunch near Emory Peak in the craaaazzzy wind. Lots of Alligator Junipers (one of my favorite trees). We got back down to the trailhead around 3:15. I wasn't done playing yet though, much to Zac's dismay.
After about 30 minutes of begging and a little bitching, I convinced him to hike 5 more miles with me. So we headed to the Lost Mine trail (a pretty popular one, but we went late enough that we only passed 4 people on their way out, yes!). Zac wasn't quite sharing my enthusiasm for this hike, but I practically ran up the trail. Sometimes my energy level concerns me. I should have been tired from the previous ten miles but nope. It was a pretty great day. We played a bunch of yahtzee and ate a scary amount of soup when we got back to the tent. Good stuff! My World Outdoor Wednesday
(Zac took this cool night/morning shot. I guess morning cause this was around 5 am I think. That's Venus over the peak!)