Wilderness Bluff trail (https://wrweo.ca/wp/the-bluff-trail/) is a local favourite of mine - was fun to introduce it to a neighbour-friend. Along with another hiking friend we did the perimeter of the first two loops (https://i2.wp.com/wrweo.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/LNT_bluff_trail_maprevised2016-10-26.jpg?ssl=1). About 17K total - beautiful sunny day, basically no bugs. So blessed to have this hike an hour from home!
Northern Colorado was wonderful. We got a gap with pretty good weather and pushed on through. It was hard to leave Steamboat Springs after 3 days off, but 5 of us packed into an old school jeep wrangler with a great local called Calder. It felt like a clown car. We were packed into that car so tight I don't think even a single extra M&M would have fitted in there with us.
We made it into Steamboat Springs and luxuriously took three whole zeros. I hate how there is this weird culture of pride around not taking any zeros. Rest is important (in my real life I'm a Physiotherapist/Physical Therapist) but you can't tell thru hikers their bodies need a break. So often hikers talk to me and sound astonished they are tired/injured/struggling with fatigue, but when you ask them when they last had a rest, they tell you with great pride it was in Lordsburg or somewhere equally distant in time and space. People, take some rest!
We've taken a lot of zeros, and we plan to take several more. As inspired by our friend 5 star, we wanna spend all our money, take lots of zeros and meet as many hikers as we can. As long as we don't get stuck in blizzards up in Montana, we want to enjoy the trail as much as we can.