Today we hiked 19.4 miles to Little Laurel Shelter. Our day felt really long and mentally taxing. We agreed on how hard it was to take a zero (day hiking zero miles) in town and to mentally get back into our routine. While our bodies thanked us for the rest, we both agreed that we’d rather take two neros (near zeros) going into a town. Our day was full of uphills and the shelter was a welcome sight. We only saw a few other hikers coming out of Hot Springs, could this be the end of the big crowds?