Embarrassing to admit, but I was too tired to wash my feet before sleep. I rubbed off the loose dirt before slipping into my bag liner. This is how they look most every night, normal, especially when water is scarce or I’m doing big miles. I want to say this is normal for thru-hikers, but then again, most the people I talk to seem to have a thing against putting dirty feet in their sleeping bag. Where do they find the energy? The time? The water? Are they all carrying wet wipes?! I’m not. I can’t.