The Lost Road takes me into a wash briefly, with many tire tracks, before I return to the faded trail and find a campsite
It's after dark when I set up camp. My unplanned campsite is on a slight mound, and I immediately notice that this corner of Lanfair Valley accumulates cool air; it's a chilly evening. But so quiet way out here. And so dark too, except for a bit of moonlight.
I have the mouse problem again tonight, with a small critter scratching at my tent floor, perhaps trying to get in.
Supper is Mountain House Chicken and Rice, really good, and I'm hungry enough now that it's the first backpacker meal on this trip that I've fully enjoyed so far. I'm not overly exhausted today, but my legs are a little tired.
My upper body is a bit tired from the extra water I've been carrying on my back to avoid loading it on my front rack. I spend a lot of time this evening just thinking, and occasionally stepping outside to look at the stars.
An amazing bright-yellow moon just before moonset makes it feel like headlights from some unknown vehicle are shining on my tent. Startling! I've been hearing owls cooing off and on all evening, and fall asleep before midnight.
Date: November 20, 2012, 16h33