It's around 5pm on Tuesday and we're all sitting around in a circle at our first campsite.
We ended up trekking a bit more than a mile further than we'd planned as the rangers warned us about an "aggressive" bear active in the area where we'd originally planned to stay the night. And, actually, having been able to check out the intended site on the way here, we're at the better place.
Asking around the circle, everyone seems to be in good spirits, and I think we're all happy with our stamina the progress we made. Then again, we're still hiking on (relatively) fresh legs and aren't trail-beaten yet.
It is absolutely gorgeous up here, and the trails aren't as crowded as we expected for the holiday-led short week. I'm trying to take in more of the scenery this time around, instead of watching the feet in front of me and the terrain coming up.
Tomorrow sees us at our highest elevations for the whole of the hike, and likely our most brutal day in terms of exertion.
Wish us luck!