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.
"So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that's on the worst day of my life."
--Peter Gibbons (Office Space)