It had rained/snowed the previous day. Woke up to a beautiful clear morning (29 deg F, went above freezing during the day). Snow made the scenery much more beautiful. By the afternoon, there was much mud on the trail. Long 15.4 mile hike but nothing difficult.
"No matter how big a guy might be, Nicky would take him on. You beat Nicky with fists, he comes back with a bat. You beat him with a knife, he comes back with a gun. And you beat him with a gun, you better kill him, because he’ll keep coming back and back until one of you is dead."