It was actually hard emotionally to start going after loading up my backpack with food. I don’t know if it was the fact we were about half way done, or maybe the idea of leaving behind civilization on the way to nowhere, but it was hard.
Fortunately we met some amazing views and after a day or two were right back in the swing of things.
I also had my privilege of giving someone their trail name (four socks). We met a guy who had been trying everything to figure out how to stop his blisters. He finally reached the conclusion: four socks… on each foot.
One of the big things that changed after the ranch was the weather. After the ranch we encounter all sorts of wild weather, showers, storms, monsoons, you name it. The rain was a nice change on the first day, but it quickly became the big factor in drying gear and deciding whether or not to go an extra mile or two.