Mile 1022.1-1041.5 (19.4)
I slept in until 8am, and could have slept longer, but wanted to hike out of the snow before it got too soft. In a few miles, I was on dirt trail and very happy. I had first lunch at 11am on a rock in the sun.
Behind me, clouds were rolling in. First a sheet of gray, then dark puffy shapes. I kept hiking. I climbed uphill and on the ridge wound up back in snow. The snow in forested areas is especially frustrating, as you end up climbing steeply up and down a whole bunch. It takes a while to make miles in snow like that. I was trying to race the weather, but the snow made me feel like I was running underwater.
Down off the ridge, through near-constant snow, then over a tiny hill and suddenly it was 7pm and I was exhausted. I found a campsite among piles of snow and set up my tent. Ten minutes later, I was eating dinner when I heard a few raindrops. I fixed the vestibule and pulled my wet socks and shoes under. Immediately it began to hail, then rain. Later, it thundered.