I ended up spending Friday night in Warner Springs and crushing six amazing tacos as well as a plate of beans and rice from an elementary school fundraiser going on across the street from where the thru-hikers were camping. That night we had probably the best sunset I've seen in my life to date.
The next morning I headed out with 42 miles to go until Paradise Valley Cafe. I made it 15 miles before I decided to break in the heat.
I then had two more miles to go until a water cache. Upon arriving at the cache I found out that this place called Big Mikes was real. There were rumors of pizza, beer, and soda at mile 127 and they turned out to be true. I ended up spending another two hours here meeting up and relaxing with other h
I then hiked out with Candy Man and VW determined to get another 10 miles before camping. I ended up doing just that and they went a little farther, putting my mileage for
the day at 27.
Waking up on Sunday (5/15), my goal was to make it to Paradise Cafe by noon. I had 15 miles to cover, and ended up holding a 3 mile per hour pace to put me in at 11am so I was happy. After a huge omelette, biscuits and gravy and toast we were making our plan to get around
the fire closures.
The plan was to get a hitch to Idyllwild and then grab a hotel to be split up among a few of us. As we were standing with our thumbs up a cyclist came by and offered us his guest house and we couldn't say no. We caught a ride into Idyllwild shortly after by a nice old guy. That's where I'm at right now. We will be taking off tonight to head back on trail and be at Ziggy and the Bear's by Wednesday morning.
Random tidbits and thoughts: People on the west coast seem way more open to strangers entering their lives and go with the flow more.
It's getting "cold" and people are complaining.
Is thru-hiking selfish? - I had this debate with myself on trail Saturday on one hand yes, it is completely selfish. I could be helping other people and doing something better with my time. But on the other hand, there's a lot of people who are seeing my images and following my journey that will never be able to take the trip themselves so I'm sharing in that experience. What do you think?
I was also thinking about steaks one day. What's the best cut of steak?
Who put all these rocks here?
As always, thanks for reading! I appreciate all the support!!