This post will be a jumble of thoughts. I blame the 100 degree weather. The last few days have been insanely warm. So warm in fact, that I get up at 5:30 am (!) in order to hike while it's cool. Though even that only lasts an hour or two. And I am forced off trail through the middle of the day and required to retreat to shade and my Mylar umbrella for a large chunk of the day. Who doesn't love a 5 hour siesta?!
But, at least the temperatures drop a bit through the night, and sleep comes easy. I am currently siesta-ing surrounded by saguro cacti near saguro national park. Being my 7th day hiking, I'm pleased with my progress.
So now for the fun stuff. The list of ailments I enjoy. First and foremost, dehydration. A constant concern, though I have been able to keep the worst of it at bay. And now, from the feet up:
1-swollen, tender feet and toes
2-throbbing ankles (thanks soccer)
4-heat rash all over my legs and hips
5-extreme joint pain in my hips
6-aching back (water is heavy)
7-chafing on my biceps due to pack straps
8-daily bloody noises from the dry heat
9-blisters on my thumbs and ring fingers from trekking poles
It's not all suffering- I get to eat oatmeal creme pies covered with nutella for breakfast. Along with my ibuprofen of course.