I wake up to Matt's alarm. We get dressed, stuff sleeping bags, pack up our tent, walk to Curry Village, eat some leftover pasta, then hop in the car and the clock reads 1:08am. "Did that only take 8 minutes?" I ask Matt. He just laughs. Turns out all that coughing and clearing on his throat that he was doing while I was sleeping was actually him trying to wake me up. Matt was like a kid on Christmas morning that just couldn't wait to open presents.
We hurried down the East Ledges, cleaned up, ate some food and drove 3 hrs into Nevada where we finally slept in a gravel lot on the side of the road. Matt had to get back to work and I was headed to Gunnison to see my beautiful wife Amanda.