a journey of 2,652 miles
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL 2018
starts with a single step.
Miles 275 to 293.2. Bushcamp to bushcamp
It‘s really cold in the morning and we quickly pack up and get going, trying to chase the sunlight illuminatig the first peaks. After about an hour we take our mandatory breakfast break on a nice little clearing. In the morning the trail takes us through beautiful pine forest, the hiking is rather easy and it‘s not too hot. Every now and then we pass or are passed by other hikers, but mostly it‘s just the two of us. We started listening to audio books, so right now I am listening to a thrilling podcast about an unresolved murder, which my former work colleague Barbara recommended to me. Thank you, it does make the miles go by faster! ;-)
We have a tasty cheese and salami lunch around noon and lie sleepily in the sand near a creek, resting our feet up on a rock.
After a couple more miles we suddenly have cell reception again. I look at my cellphone and stop dead in my tracks. I can‘t believe what I am seeing. One of my oldest and best friend Tanja just got engaged to Dani!!! Wow, all these emotions running through me, I am really excited! When we were young teenies we already imagined who we would get married to and how it would happen and all that (well, just what girls talk about at that age) and now this!!! You two, we couldn‘t be more excited for you, congratulations!!! Anyway, this really pushes me yet again and I pretty much dance and sing all the way down the trail.
The afternoon passes by quickly, still no Brad in sight who started after us. We start wondering where he is. Speedy recommended a campsite near a running creek and it‘s only 4.30pm when we get there. There is literally a swimming pool in the creek where we hop in and scrape the dirt off our filthy bodies. Then we take care of our feet (as usual) and Dario makes dinner (as usual). Unfortunately the pasta water falls down on the ground with the almost al dente pasta in it. So we have to cook another round of spaghetti. We make it with olive oil, garlic and dried tomatoes and it tastes delicious! Soon Brad arrives who unfortunately isn‘t feeling too well. His shin hurts and he sets up his tent hurriedly and we all go to bed soon. What a great day with fabulous news! And tomorrow we will arrive at the Deep Creek Hot Springs. We are so excited! Life is good.