Day 13: 5 mile detour + miles 179 to 186 (12 miles)
Day 14: Miles 186 to 210 (24 miles)
Absolutely. loving. Life.
I (T-Fox) feel like every time I go to blog, I intend on keeping it brief, and to share the experience mostly through pictures.
Then I start talking…and I can’t stop.
So here goes!!
The last two days have been absolutely amazing. No joke…no exaggeration. Upon leaving Idyllwild, we have seen the most incredible trees, mountain views, and desert chaparral. Truly breathtaking…
We left Idyllwild by eleven-thirty – checkout of our hotel was at eleven, so we milked the opportunity to sleep in ( till after 7!), shower (again…because it is such a rare and delicious feeling), and charge all our electronics. Upon leaving town,I felt rejuvenated, and completely capable and ready for some more trail. No more flu for T-Fox! I may have just been dehydrated. I have been drinking lots of water, but I was negligent with electrolyte consumption during that “horrendous” road walk (Tara means awesome – Lorax). It was really windy, so it’s deceiving to think that you’re not that sweaty…but apparently I was losing a lot of water. Lack of potassium and magnesium may have been my issue.
But regardless, I felt like a million bucks!
When we checked out of the hotel, the owner asked us if we wanted a lift to the trail. Taking a ride to the trail would mean…you guessed it…skipping. Since the previous section was closed, we didn’t technically walk the section from the trail to town. So we declined the ride, and she looked at us like we were crazy. I’m starting to think we may be…
We walked the 3 ish miles through town. We passed the most gorgeous log homes, and dreamed of owning a mountain town home of our own someday…when we are not homeless and jobless and bumming our way through the USA…
Once upon the trail, I was high on trees!! – Beautiful, towering, majestic, ancient pines. It’s hard to feel the aches and pains when you are surrounded by such beauty. Thank you God for the distraction!
We hiked until it was close to nightfall. Due to high elevation gain, the winds were gusty and strong, so finding a place to pitch our tent was challenging.We spent close to an hour fiddling at a particular spot, but then decided against it all together…which was really frustrating! The winds were just too strong and unpredictable, and no matter how awesome we pitched that tent, stakes would be coming out through out the night. So we packed up and set out to find a better spot.
We walked another mile, and Lorax found a great rock overhang/cave that we opted to cowboy camp in. This was our first time camping without a tent..and it was fun!! I slept surprisingly well, as Dan informed me that I was snoring…we got a hiker out cold!
Day 13 down…
That night I (Lorax) scored my first sleeping pad puncture of the trip, which is now sorta repaired. The next day we covered 5 miles on a ridge at 9000′ before starting a 14 mile descent that drops 8000′ from the second highest point on the trail in SoCal to the lowest at 1200′. During the descent we passed the 200 mile mark.
It was a scorcher of a day that only got hotter as we descended, however a trail angel was supposedly serving up ice cream at mile 210, so we hiked until 7pm to complete a 24 mile day at Ziggy and the Bear’s house. We enjoyed giant bowls of cookies and cream and slept under the stars in the back yard.