After spending the night in San Luis Rio Colorado, I hike a stretch of the dried out riverbed. I have seen pictures of what it looked like when the Pulse Flow of 2014 led some water through it and it was an entirely different world. Back then, kids were playing in the blue water and the insane amount of trash in the area had been cleaned up by residents welcoming the river back.
Today, as I hike the dusty riverbed, it soon gets too hot for me to enjoy it and after a few hours I give up. At this point I have seen what it is like, and I know it will stay like this for quite a while south of here. I have no intention of proving to anyone what a tough desert hiker I am. Because I am not. And quite frankly, deserts will never be my favorite place to hike for long stretches.