Day 5, 18 awesome miles
The day started with a long gentle climb. Zigzagging up the side of an exposed mountain side. It felt like we were assending all day. We thought it was great as we prefer up over down.
I know how much water to carry when hiking 20 waterless miles in BC’s climate, but hiking in the hot desert is totally new. Not knowing how much water to carry, I loaded up with the recommended 7 liters. I also added to my food in Julian to make the 6 days travel to the next resupply town of Idyllwild. Sooooo, my pack was the heaviest it’s been! Turns out I don’t need the recommended amount of liters, 4 was enough.
I would like to come back to this area and spend more time. The town of Julian is quaint. It is a restored gold rush town, founded in the 1870s. In the gold rush days, a miner planted apple trees in the mountains and they flourished. They are famous for their apple pies. Paul thought Julian was famous for their fries. And he says “your apple pie is better”
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Good night from our tent.