It felt like I slept in this morning, most of the hikers had left camp when I rolled onto the trail at around 8 am.
my first surprise of the day was this beautiful snake, whom I asked politely but somewhat impatiently if it would share the trail.
It appeared to not be venomous due to the shape of its head. Pit vipers typically have heart shaped heads and this one's was more of an oval.
I hiked on and found some wild roses whose scent transported me back in time.
The views were gorgeous.
And I saw flowers of every color of the rainbow.
I stumbled upon a Cinco de Mayo celebration just off the trail and enjoyed food, fellowship, and a friendly sack race competition at Mike Herrera's house, a 100 yards from the trail.
There were a bunch of hikers there, including my friend St. Croix who I summitted Katahdin with in 2013.
After lunch and a brief siesta, I hiked on and eventually settled in along the floor of a valley, insulated from the wind that was chilling me along the ridge line.
For dinner, I experimented with some new cooking technology.
And it worked pretty darn well!
It was a day of surprises, fond memories, and a full stomach.
Viva Cinco de Mayo!