Day 210 / Mile 23,275
Leaving Zion National Park was tough. There were more great trails that I wanted to hike, but even though summer was just starting you could only do the bigger adventures in the morning to avoid heat stroke. The forecast showed the temps increasing everyday, so I split the area and kept on going towards that cool Pacific Ocean.
I really, really wanted to hike to the famous rock formation called the Wave. Unless you apply 4 months in advance for a permit and know your exact date, you have to visit the BLM office at 9 am the day before you want to hike, and play a lottery which only 10 people are given permits. Well, 65 other people wanted to go out there the same day as I... and my number wasn't chosen before all the permits were given out. I wasn't going to spend days trying, so I walked out very upset and continued my adventure...
Before I sweat myself to death, I'm off to the Grand Canyon and Colorado River!