Day 1: Brutal Sun
After taking pictures and signing the log book I was joking by 8am. The Sun was just brutal. This is not sand dunes desert, it is the high desert and has lots of plants, almost none tall enough to provide shade.
By noon, on a climb up a ridge, every boulder big enough to cast shade beside the trail had a hiker squated next to it.
I encountered a large rattlesnake who did not want to move. I had to stop my feet for several minutes to get him to let me pass.
15 miles to Hauser Creek. Tired. Cramps. Did not drink enough during the day but downed 5 liters in camp. Did I mention that the sun is brutal here?
At least 30 people started the trail today. Not a lonely place until the group gets spread out.