We have a good sleep and awake at 7:30am. We pack our gear, have breakfast and hit the trail at 9am. It is an hour later than we were suppose too, but everyone seems to be heading out at the same time. The key is to try and get the hiking done before the heat of the day.
Today is mostly flat and then downhill into the Oasis – our second but different oasis in a week. Everyone is staying in the Oasis but at different hostels.
After approximately one hour of hiking we stop in a small town for a snack and photos. Magpie is itching to get going again. Most of the other hikers have passed us which is why Magpie wants to go. Andres is just finishing packing and says we can head out as we – Andres and I – are sure he and Olga will catch up quickly….wrong.
As it turns out, Magpie and I catch up to the other hikers. When I look back I can see Andres and Olga – Magpie and I are obviously fast walkers. Magpie wants to stay with these hikers as they are his buddies from the night before. I figured we are okay so we start on again. I end up falling behind because of my knee. I can still see Magpie but not Andres and Olga. Ultimately Magpie made it to the bridge first and as I am just about there Andres comes up – he has obviously been hurrying – that Magpie and I would keep following the other group and go to the wrong hostel. Magpie is just sitting in the shade of the cliff at the bridge waiting for us. From the bridge we are only 5 mins away from our hostel.
Arriving is quite the sight, lush green grass, a pool that is filled with mountain water, chickens running everywhere with high cliffs on surrounding this small area.
At the oasis, Magpie and I get our own room with private facilities. Olga gets her own room with private facilities including towels next door to us. It is a definite bonus as these are the only two rooms with private facilities and shower was great and warm too.
We all change into cooler clothing as it is now the heat of the day. I am introduced to the kitten when it decides to use my leg as a climbing pole to get to my lunch, which was only a salad. Magpie takes charge of the kitten and decides to explore. It means that Magpie spends the rest of the day chasing chickens and turkeys and being warned not to chase the roosters. I still remember how I was chased by Charlie the rooster for collecting the eggs at my grandparents farm.
The Oasis is housing a multinational group of hikers, as to be expected. We meet another Canadian from Vancouver and are staying in contact with a snowboard instructor from the French Alps. All the hikers we met last night are staying in a different place.
The afternoon is slow and relaxing. Dinner is at 7 pm again. As the sun sets everyone heads into the eating area and are either watching tv or most are playing cards. Andres out does himself for our dinner.
The night sky is incredible again. Being able to see the milky way in all its brilliance. Magpie is enjoying the dark running around until we all hear the cry for help. Magpie has lost a shoe in mud.
Timing is perfect as we have to get up at 4:30am to get up the canyon by 9am.
Andres and I have already decided to put Magpie on a mule for the way up. Nothing can go wrong now.