Day 2, 22 miles
There has been a 4 year drought here in S California, so this cool wet weather is a blessing. Yesterday’s 20 mile waterless stretch is one of several I will have to hike. We were told to carry a minimum of 7 liters of water, but I carried 4 and Paul 5. He drank less than one.
It rained all night last night. We shuffled around with all the other hikers, we camped with last night, and enjoyed a lively breakfast together. Paul and I finally set off at 9:15am. A late start, but we don’t have to rush to avoid the typically hot weather.
The first 6 miles was a gentle trail through desert shrubs and meadows. We saw the cutest small bunnys scurrying along the trail.
The next 16 miles was a gradual up hill climb. We looked down into canyons to see meandering streams and lush green oasis. Not the dry hot desert I was expecting.
We arrived at our intended camp spot, after 18 miles at 5 pm. It was damp and sad. We checked app info for the amenities at Mt Laguna, 5 miles up trail. Store, Cafe, Tavern?! Sold! We popped a few magic beans, peanut M&Ms, and with the promise of a burger and beer, sped up and up into the mist and drizzle. Paul took off ahead like a horse to the barn. Thank you Michelle from Village Physio, you’re a star. Up we climbed. Way up the mountain to 6000 ft. The same elevation as Whistler Roundhouse. It was already cold all day, now only 2 degrees.
Tomorrow we will hike less miles as my body needs to adjust to hiking every day, 8 hours a day, for week, after week, month after month.