It paid off. We had a large, flat spot almost completely shaded by Joshua trees. We drank up water, laid out our pads, and lightly dozed off in our small paradise. An hour or so later we were up and headed to our camping spot, a whole 8 miles away.
I wanted to push past Bird Spring, but it was a 3.5 mile slog all uphill. Toucan and I made plans to get up early and hike it before the heat has a chance to show itself. In the meantime, we drank our fill from the water cache. I was completely out of water, so the cache of 100+ gallons was amazing.
“What day is the full moon?” someone asked. I was the only one with service, so I Googled it. The Strawberry Full Moon was… tonight. I fell asleep before getting to see it, but someone woke me up to get a peek. It was gorgeous. I didn’t know what a strawberry moon would look like, but this piercing pink shaded moon that penetrated the darkening blue sky… it sure looked like a strawberry moon to me. I didn’t get a photo, but it wouldn’t have done it justice anyway.
But here’s a look at our sunset.
Main Photo: The rolling hills nearing the end of the desert. June 17.