Today, I should have been the day I hiked into Reno, finishing the near 700 mile trek across the Great Basin Desert. And although the #GreatBasinExpedition has been left incompleted, it is not finished. As for now, I'm healing up well. The swelling in my shin has almost completely gone, and I have a plan to get myself in the best shape of my life, so that when the next expedition comes around, I'll be better suited to see it through.
I find myself missing the desert. I look at pictures, still in the raw, that are astonishing. The great vast white, fading into pinks, blues, and oranges, and I associate the colors with the thrill of my daily responsibilities. Get up at sun up. Hike hard with what little light you've got, and set up camp as the sun sets over the mountains I'll be crossing in the morning. But it's the inspiration I need to get back out there at the very next opportunity.
Big thanks to all involved in the expedition. I could not have gotten as far as I did without my Garmont Boots, the UGo Bars, Epic Bars, Kelty pack, and Atlas snowshoes. All were indispensable. And when I hit the desert next time, those items will be there too.
So what I'm trying to say is...Great Basin, here I come...again.