CALIFORNIA - May 19.5-24
Well, it's official...
Verizon is the official sponsor of thru-hiking. (Or it should be at least) They reigned supreme on the AT and it's shaping up to be the same on the PCT as well.
Unfortunately I have AT&T but have been getting service in when I'm in town, which is actually a step up from the AT.
So, here's what I've been up to for the past few days.
We got into Big Bear mid afternoon after a nauseating bus ride up winding roads and steep elevation. It's amazing
If you ever find yourself around BIg Bear, stop by this amazing burgerr joint! The owner, Erik, is fantastic and really helped us out a a jamb, finding a ride up to Onyx Peak to get back on trail. And the burgers were amazing- best on trail!!!
May 20th - 20 miles
May 21 - 19 miles
Today's landscape was a bit wacky and looked like a place you'd find Whaley Coyote and the road runner. A pretty landscape though, sandy and desertish. Tons of low brush and beautiful rock formations. We spent the night camped in a nice little piney forest area with some weekend backpackers.
May 23 - 24 miles. Ended the day at Cajon Pass - mile 342.0
May 22- 24 miles
We followed along a canyon for the majority of the day. With all of the water restrictions, it's nice to just be around water for a change. Even though it wasn't necessarily accessible, just hearing the sound of running water is strangely comforting.
Around mid-day we stopped at a natural hot spring as the trail finally led us down to the river we'd been following all morning.
After a quick soak, we headed back out to pick up a few more miles before nightfall. We were lucky that night to camp at a water source, and apparently others had the same idea. Before lights out, the final head count at the campsite was up to 26.
The plan is to head out this afternoon on my way to Wrightwood. It's about a 28 mile stretch with no water. I pickup up one of my resupply packages in Cajon Pass so with the 12ish pounds of food and 13ish pounds of added water for the dry stretch, I'll be taking it slow. I hope to get to Wrightwood in a couple days.
Talk to you then,