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I returned to trail today after two day’s stay at Kenny’s place. I participated in (read: won) a fruit salad design contest making a three dimensional mountain/trail spread, and hung out with the host, Kenny, who was one of the most interesting and motivated people I’ve ever met. The guy single-handedly hosts 6-15 hikers per day, driving the around and making them breakfast every morning for three months of the year. He has also written and made his own music video, wood worked multiple baseball bats and yard games, developed net zero affordable homes, raised five kids, and used to be a rock climber.
After healing up, learning what we could about Kenny and Big Bear, we hit the trail this morning for the first low-mileage day of many as I attempt to ease back into hiking. With very minimal pain, I made it 13 miles to our campsite.
We are expecting temps to drop to 23 degrees today and are anticipating a cold morning tomorrow, but I’m so happy to be outside again in my sleeping bag and tent. We are taking things one day at a time, as far as mileage and pain management go. I’m pairing massage, stretching, elevation, and an anti-inflammatory diet with a positive attitude and trust that if I’m meant to continue my hike, it’ll happen. And if I’m not, then I’m not.