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Day 10 up to Sargents Mesa was short.  For most of the day we battled bowling ball sized rocks in the trees.  We both were tired from all the rock hopping and climbing and wanted to kick back, relax and enjoy the scenery.

Mt KIA/MIA, named for those killed/missing in action

Mt KIA/MIA, named for those killed/missing in action

near Windy Peak

near Windy Peak

looking down on Marshall Pass Rd

looking down on Marshall Pass Rd

Sargents Mesa

As we climbed up to Sargents Mesa, the lightning and thunder became more ominous.  The top of the mesa is near 12,000 ft and exposed, so we pitched the tent near a stand of trees.  

on Sargents Mesa

on Sargents Mesa

with a view

with a view

We saw a few more intrepid CT hikers pass us as the thunderstorm grew. After it passed, I set up my hammock and just kicked back to enjoy the view.

enjoying the view

enjoying the view

Soldierstone

Up on the mesa is a war memorial called Soldierstone, constructed in the 90s with private contributions organized by a retired US Army soldier named Stuart Allen Beckley who served during the Vietnam War.  

Soldierstone is an odd memorial – not well marked, not near any major parking, on top of a mountain mesa, honoring foreign solders who helped US Forces.  I finally found it after looking for about 30 minutes.

hidden in the trees

hidden in the trees

It was particularly solemn with the silence and dark clouds of next thunderstorm approaching.

Soldierstone

Soldierstone

Soldierstone

Soldierstone

there are several plaques that surround the memorial

there are several plaques that surround the memorial

As I walked back to the tent it started to rain.  It rained almost all night.

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