I hopped off the bus around 1:45 pm, filled up on 6.5 liters of water at the local fire station and then headed the 1+ miles to the start of the trail.
After making it a short distance, a kind soul stopped their truck and offered me a ride.
He shared some of the history of the area and how he was in the process of building a museum to honor the legacy of the land. He's also a cattle rancher, restores old John Deere tractors, and has helped build churches in the area. He was a fascinating person to meet and drove me straight up to the monument at the start of the trail:
I met some other hikers there and soon was off hiking in a new and foreign land.
It was in the mid to upper 80's and hikers were feeling the heat. I tried out my new umbrella!
I met some colorful characters today, here is a picture of one dtnamic duo, Beth and Brooklyn:
It was a fun first day on the trail and I hiked until the stars were twinkling in the sky.
11 miles completed!